Un-layering you

Oh my lady, you are beautiful
Every new spot I see of you
As I explore all, yes all of you
Your diversity so plentiful

Your unique name, I learned
So many, many years ago
Our first kiss: a long time ago
For your secrets I yearned
Ever since.

But then I glance at your style
You are in love with thick cloth
Striving for light like a moth
More resembling a guineafowl
At times.

The cloth covers you like a bell
An ugly concrete tower bay
Coca-Cola signs faded to grey
Your history is like a spell

And the beats hanging down
Minicars everywhere we go
Gutters, open sewage flow
Brown traffic dust, your crown
But it’s not you.

Let me kiss you, nice and slow
Unravel all of your full body
Rest you on my shoulder bow
Allowing your tears to flow

After all these years I want to
Un-layer you
Explore your raw variety
My love for you is true,
Oh my dear lady Africa.

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