A joint heritage
- Africa, fatherland
The father of many sons, black, white, coloured
The warrior whose feet still dance long after the song dies
The warrior that stands when the fire glows
But how long shall you stand alone?
How long shall you fight alone?
He that must win
Must build the longest bridges
2. Europe, the floating sea,
The land of opportunities
The kid with the fattest smile
Well-fed, plagued with a rotund belly
But how long shall you feast alone?
How long shall your big tent lie in waste
To live for self is to fall by the sword alone
3. Come, quickly,
Strengthen the hands of your long-lost brother,
Teach them to make their own tents big and lasting too.
The cord that ties our both houses must not fail
4. For he who stands aloof whilst his brother calls
Soon draws a breath that stinks.
5. The future is in shared victories
That our days may be bright and fair
Like the river whose feet know no end.
6. And our future, moments, cast in gold.
August 6, 2017