#Poetry by John Kaniecki – “Africa”

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By John Kaniecki


Africa she cannot part

Her home is in my heart

You tore me from my love to have me hated

Chained on a slave ship I was degraded

Sent to harsh toil in a foul wicked land

Whipped and beaten by an arrogant hand

Mothers raped, children sold on the auction block

I was made like an animal another of the stock

But in my soul through soft whispers we spoke

We never forgot her despite our iron yoke

Shine on Africa shine on so all can see

I will fight for I must be free

I am not a slave but a prince noble and grand

I am from Africa cannot you understand

See my skin dark brown it is not a shame

You hate my spirit; you’ve but your evil to blame

Africa, they brought me here to bind me in a cage

I have awoken, you will learn my rage

Shine on Africa fulfill our destiny

There will be no peace until you are one with me

Africa such are the lessons you teach

Africa you sweetness is now within reach

About the Author

“John Kaniecki is an author and poet. His works has been published in over eighty outlets. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. He attended Steven’s Institute of Technology for two years before dropping out. At that time John became a Christian and a member of the Church of Christ. Also John began to seriously suffer from bipolar disorder. This mental illness would adversely affect John. As such the topic is dealt with in his writing. In particular in his book of memoirs “More Than The Madness”. Also the experience is poetically explored in the book “Murmurings Of A Mad Man”. John’s shining achievement is his poetry book “Poet To The Poor,Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent.” This book deals with historical figures and events along with people from John’s own life. True to John’s poetic philosophy the book is written with poems that deliver a clear message. Rhyming and rhythm are prominent. John’s book “Sunset Shadows” is a book of classically written sonnets dealing with dying and death in a spiritual and wholesome way. “A Day’s Weather” completes John’s present poetry collection which is a depiction of his days as a neophyte poet. This early work is a wholesome and quaint collection.


John has a science fiction anthology called Words of the Future. This book is interesting, unique and exciting. John presently has two horror books out, “Scarecrow, Scarecrow” and “Satan’s Siren”. These two books are part of a series following the main character Anne McFry. “

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