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    (Out Of Africa)

    Out of Africa we are but lately come

    Bang the drum, bang the drum

    Yes, you as well, deny it though you may.

    Brothers, sisters,we trekked north, hand in hand

    Migrants all, just seeking a better land

    More fertile fields to graze our hungry stock

    Just fifty thousand years ago, or so

    A blink of history's eyelid, well you know

    Our luck was in: the world was empty then

    No peoples anywhere to turn us out

    For preservation of indigenous stock

    Oh happy days, we were the indigenous stock

    All black, there was no racial hate,

    Till evolution sealed our role with Fate

    We lost our blackness hue by hue

    Much of our humanity too

    From Africa we are but lately come

    Bang the drum, bang the drum!

    elhawk, Randomsketcher2, Rock6768, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. nilliske 69 months ago | reply

      This brilliant photo is like a shooting star,
      totally inspiring!
      shine on...
      SHINING☆STAR - Post 1- Invite 1- Give 5 Stars
      Thanks for brightening my day, shine on!

    2. Silver Crow in Flight! [deleted] 69 months ago | reply

      Very powerful art! Nice touch with the poem.

    3. elhawk 69 months ago | reply

      This is great Vic ... the concept and the painting.

    4. Shakespearesmonkey 69 months ago | reply

      Thanks Dave
      It's time we had a drink . . .

      and thanks very much Silver Crow and nilliske, much appreciated

    5. kathyjohnson 69 months ago | reply

      Both the painting and the poem are beautiful, stirring, and inspirational! I love the colors you used in the painting - that is inspired by Obama, right? I really enjoy reading the poem accompanying the painting. For the next DPG, could you post a poem so that we could interpret it through art? I'd love to give it a try.

      I'll have my painting up today - I have one almost done but I'm not happy with it so I'm hoping to squeeze one painting in today that can serve as the June DPG.

    6. Shakespearesmonkey 69 months ago | reply

      Thank you, Kathy. That's so generous of you - and you got the inspiration for the piece absolutely right.
      Your idea of putting up a poem to paint would be quite a challenge. I'd love to do it if other members are happy with it. I've already posted a subject for July (anything in monotone) so I'll do the poem for August - which might give me time to write a new one if the muse favours me

    7. gordhandford 69 months ago | reply

      Love the colors and composition

    8. elhawk 69 months ago | reply

      Hi Vic I did notice your message here thanks . We could have a drink ourselves some time, but hopefully see you at the Hereford group meet too,

    9. Randomsketcher2 68 months ago | reply

      Haunting...just found your site will be back to spend more time....love the drawing.....

    10. Shakespearesmonkey 68 months ago | reply

      Thank you Randomsketcher2. Most kind of you

      Love your work -

      why not join us !!

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