Africa Safari Journal (in Haiku) (with Footnotes) by Mindela Ruby
Africa Safari Journal (in Haiku) (with Footnotes)
Deadvlei at sunset
Yelping jackal crosses dunes
The Milky Way1 wows
1 Earth’s galaxy home, strikingly visible in the Namibian desert night sky.
Mowani Mountain Camp
Rosey-Face Love Birds in flight
Scattered boulder crags
2 Member of South African tribe forcibly resettled to Namibia during
Apartheid, inspiring our guide to call himself Man Without A Place.
Bolt the gate at night
3 German colonial beach resort on Namibia’s coast, colonized
by wealthy, intolerant Caucasians.
Girl named Tell It To Me Straight
Schnitzel4 on each plate
4 German culinary meat preparation in which veal or pork is pounded
and fried until desiccated.
Damara dik dik5
Private plunge pool at chalet
Vast parched plain below
5 Smallest African antelope, rare to Etosha National Park and
charming to behold.
Park’s best6 waterhole
Elephants’ deft ablutions
Lion grunts all night
6 For viewing large game at close range, surrounded by obstreperous
tourists, except late at night when we quietly view a dainty clan of rhinos.
7 World’s largest sheet of falling water, whose indigenous name,
mosi-oa-tunya, means “smoke that thunders.”
Table Mountain glows
cab drivers speak truth to lies
The Bo-kaap8 is near
8 Cape Town, South Africa, township whose colorful houses symbolize
Muslim Cape Malays’ triumph against colonial oppression.
© Mindela Ruby
Mindela Ruby is the author of the novel Mosh It Up (Pen L, 2014). Her chapbook That It Should Come To This was a semi-finalist in a Slash Pine Press competition. Her poems, prose pieces, and hybrids can be found online and in print journals including Frigg, East Bay Review, Arcadia, Melusine, and Literary Mama. She completed a PhD in English and Linguistics at the University of California.
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