South Africa in a Nutshell

By Haiven Furbush

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6/11/19

Sunset Landing

Radiating light

Through the tiny plane window

The orange Joburg sky

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6/11/19

Above the Bush

Tall with long necked pride

It can see far beyond us

Tree tops, sun, and sky

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6/12/19

Jetlagged…

In my bunk I lay

Exhausted from the long day

Dreaming of what’s next

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6/13/19

Early Sunsets

As winter winds blow

Dust rises and brown leaves fall

Each day ending brief

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6/14/19

Research

Complex yet simple

Important and very useful

Rigorous with worth

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6/15/19

Clear Liquid Magnet

From boreholes to streams

Water is where they gather

For peace, strength, and life

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6/16/19

Sundowners

The light rays shine through

Catching the dust particles

As the sun settles

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6/17/19

Bright Moon Reveal

The full moon rises

Exposing each predator

And each prey is safe

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6/19/19

Silently Loud

This place is quiet

I can hear more than before

Cow bells, birds, whispers

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6/23/19

Quiet Time in Dotha

Round huts with thatch roofs

Homemade pap with every meal

Bright stars and good nights

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6/24/19

Constant Opposition

It’s black and white here

Dirty hands or forks and knives

Poor or sickly rich

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6/26/19

African Forest

Rushing water falls

Tall trees, humid yet crisp air

Loud baboons calling

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6/27/19

Quick Transitions

From the dusty bush

To the humid forest

To the mountain peaks

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6/29/19

Black Mambas

Unarmed strong woman

Protecting the animals

For the sake of the youth

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6/31/19

Final Hours

Time here is ending

But friendships will travel home

Farewell (South) Africa

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Natalie Miller