African Close

I had the privilege to see the White Rhinoceros this December, something I would not easily forget. These beasts have a mythical air about them, they are like ancient tanks that have outgrown all their predators – that is until Man came along. This species is on the brink of extinction and it would be a great tragedy if they were to be wiped from the face of the earth as a result from the beliefs that some people hold. Some idiots believe rhino horn can cure cancer and other maniacs believe that it can cure impotence – ever heard of Viagra???! It is saddens me that people can be bought so easily; people who live in Africa are essentially the ones who are pulling the triggers and flailing the machetes. I really hope that people can receive adequate education so as to eradicate this madness. There is still hope for this world.

Let us hope that 2012 is the year that people will come to their senses and that Africa and the World will start looking after its children and wildlife. I believe that each individual can make a difference, and that the sum of all these little differences can become powerful enough to change the bigger picture. Let us set an example to future generations.

 

African Close

 

As the close of day draws near,

  orange and bloody ribbons twirl and

dance in dark and smoky African sky,

  we dance for rain, we dance for respite.


Old titans fall as mortals – people unite.


The bushveld is bleeding in melancholy.

  Severed rhino horn an Asian trophy;

African crown toppling to arid ground,

  yet remains an easy sacrifice to survival


Primitive beliefs unite – morals fall.

 

The beauty of the majestic lion,

  a symbol of the ferocious spirit and

the resilient and robust native,

rising dark prince of the earth.


Children with guns – deadly mirth.


As the close of day draws near,

  the murky water of Africa stirs,

the potential of heavenly birth

  remains a devilish thought.


Pity that Man is so easily bought.


Francois Hermanus Steyn – 2011

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2 thoughts on “African Close

  1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the trade needs to be legalised. Unfortunately, the market is not going to disappear and as such poaching should be minimised by flooding the market with ‘clean’ material. It takes a rhino only 2 years to grow a new horn. With legalisation, increased protection, and more severe punishment for poaching, that which is currently threatening the creature will ultimately save it. The safe, legal and profitable repetitive removal of what is essentially a bit of ornamental face-nail will see game farmers increase their investment in this and future generations of rhino. If rhinos can be protected and their horns safely removed, the black market trade WILL decline.

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