Africa, poetry, Tunisia

L’Afrique sur la Mer (A Poem)

On the other wine coast I cast my lot

With the sand, the ruins, the fruit, the face

The face whose smile casts a shadow on me

And saves my pale skin from the cruel sun

I grasp the hand that binds me to my fate

A calloused grip but still a welcome one

I am at peace here, L’Afrique sur la Mer

A lonely place filled with lonely desert

Though a happy kind of solitude this

I can build a place that I can treasure

A monument to eventual bliss

This coast holds the promise of a secret

The answer amidst enigmatic dunes

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