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Hi. Africa here. Remember me? I havenít heard from you in quite a while. I realize youíve been busy with hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and such, but stillÖ



After that last big party you threw for me (the bands were awesome-again) and all of your sweet words and promises I felt that our relationship had moved to a new level of closeness. But in the morning you were gone and I havenít heard from you since. Couldnít you at least call me?



I know itís partly my fault. My disasters arenít sexy like the ones vying for your attention recently. I canít offer you dramatic footage of daring rescues or awesome destruction. Whatever my latest story may be, the pictures remain much the same- suffering, dying, dead Africans. Who wants to see that? And if you canít use the pictures, youíve got no story. But I still deserve some attention.



So listen up, Buster. You canít just appear out of the blue and sweep me off my feet with your rock stars and big talk and then disappear for a couple of decades before returning to do it all over again, and not expect me to begin to have some doubts. Donít you love me?



Itís not because Iím black, is it?



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"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesman and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do."

- Ralph 'Where's Waldo' Emerson




"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like. And I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
- Bilbo Baggins













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The following comments are for "Africa Calls(collect)"
by drsoos

Ravenous..not Sexy
Hunger..not hot. AIDS..not alluring..Black..not White.

I see Bono and Bush are now chums.

If we* wished to end world hunger..We could.
If we wished to stop drugs at source..We could.

*Powers that be.

Good read..
RW




( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: October 20, 2005 )

Good read; Bad topic
I liked the style of this writing. it personified Africa and used true statements concerning (whatever those concerts were called).

On the other hand though, I disagree with your position on the issue, and think Africans should be able to help themselves instead of waiting for help from others.

( Posted by: demonsthese [Member] On: October 22, 2005 )

Soos and Demonsthese
I'm never disappointed by your work, soos! You're so reliable, like velveeta, like lubricant, like "Friends".

Trying to check in to Lit more often these days and I found this. Good first read of the night.

And you're right. Those damned Africans don't have the wherewithal to be flashy. We should follow demonsthese's advice and force them to deal with their own problems. I mean, if they're not clever enough to control the weather, to hell with them!

( Posted by: Viper9 [Member] On: October 23, 2005 )

Ironic
Again, wherever The Viper goes he leaves an "irony trail". Demosthenes, if that is truly your point of view, and yes you are entitled to think the way you want, it is arrogant. You like things to be black and white? Cut and dry?
Fine.
You are ignorant. Visit another country, hell leave your state, and you will see that I speak the truth.

( Posted by: robert walker [Member] On: October 23, 2005 )

you're
FUNNY

( Posted by: jesuschriss [Member] On: October 26, 2005 )

SPEAK ON IT!
I love this. It seems that you wanted to say more. I wish that you could have said more to those that don't understand . I FEEL YOU!

( Posted by: PAPALAS [Member] On: November 1, 2005 )





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