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African poetry: People Are Like Trees

People are like trees in a jungle
They chose not where they are planted
The wind blows the seeds to the ground
And there they are planted
They chose not what type of tree they are
And I’m yet to see trees fight over what colour they are
Come rain, come shine, come drought, come flood
Trees stand next to each other and behind each other
You could even say they got each other’s backs
Trees fight for the sun the way people fight for fame
They fight for the water the way we fight for food
They breathe in a similar way we do
When cut they bleed, when sad they cry
They are born, they live, and they die
People are like trees in a jungle
And trees are like people in a village

 

This poem was extracted from the anthology Afropolitan State of Mind authored by Kuda D. Gutu

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