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IN A LAND FAR AWAY

By Josie Whitehead

In a Land Far Away

In a land far away, where the sun doesn’t burn, 
There is work to be done and there's money to earn.
     In a land far away, there’s clean water to drink;
     There are schools and teachers who train you to think.

In a land far away, there is food on your plate
And there's love and respect, not repression or hate.
      There’s a pinprick of light for a future ahead,
      Not a life that is bleak with a future you dread.

There’d be hope in that land, for a person like me –
And my plans for my life would be clear as could be.
     But as I stand in the dust in this African heat
     I can only surmise that my life’s but a cheat.


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