Imagine being Livingstone:
weeks in thick rainforest,
invisible vipers underfoot.
Land falls away,
an open gash boils
Thunderous white water
drowns out word and thought.
New wonder in your Universe.
Where Livingstone stood is now
remnant rainforest on a tourist track.
Drought thinned waters
Shouts drowning in foam,
smiles for the video
shown in the bar at 9pm.
with clever commentary.
White water thunders.
As special effects in a blockbuster movie.
A tick on the tourist trail.
(previously published in my first pamphlet Bougainvillea Dancing)
I visited Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe in 1991 and 1992 while I lived in Malawi. It's a stunning place, even during the drought conditions of both the years I visited. Even then though, I felt it was overcommercialised.
But look at what they're planning to do now!
Just a reminder that the closing date for the Nature Conservancy photo competition is 9 September!
And just to let you know that I've added 'Malindi Beach' a poetry collage inspired by my time living in Malawi to the Crafty Green Etsy shop.
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