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in Africa…wise men say – it is un-wise
to choose between the might of Africa’s footballing countries…
in Zimbabwe and Rwanda for instance
each with their own vivid distractions of the day
it is still easy to dream…but far easier and sometimes safer
to sit upon the fence
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on Tunisian soil however
where Star Wars caves add drama on drama
to this nation’s sacred cup of cups
where fantasy colour and rhythmic sound
make circus backdrops that paints this show unique
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and what of us….what cup we cry?
Mali you say ? where in God’s name is that?
and thus..un-moved by it’s significance
you ponder .. is it just the World Music lovers
and Womad- nomads among us
who will watch from far
this festival in early hours
on small or wide distorted screens
and marvel at their panther-esque
and sun-drenced moves of wonder..
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and keeping options open..as goals rush in
while English butter bread ..and lord celebrities
out there.. time and pride wait for no team..
one world – one nation- one country-one choice
pour moi? c’est Senegal
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and what of Nigeria I hear you cry
JJ Akocha in their fierce and swarthy ranks
or Cameroon whose hunky men in wondrous shirts
un-sleeved and arms so bare..
so bare you have to ask
could this now prove their sexy weapon over all?..