The story of Africa's Child
Africa's Child - a poem and a painting
The air brush painting adjacent to this text was created by Corrie Maritz. To see a larger image, click here.
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This painting, which Chas calls Africa's Child, was inspired by a photograph of the late L/Cpl Marius Marais of the Rhodesian Light Infantry. A giant of a man, with a surprisingly gentle heart, Marais was a legend in his unit where stories of his exploits abounded. He is depicted here with his favourite weapon - which he insisted on carrying even though his rank as a corporal entitled him to carry the much lighter FN-FAL rifle. Chris Cocks who served with him, says he used to throw his heavy MAG around as if it were a toy. His easy-going nature was caught by the camera in this image which was used by the Rhodesian Army in a recruiting poster. Marius Marais was killed in a car accident shortly after the war.
Chas points out that the poem and the picture complement each other; make an unapologetic statement about white Africans and establish one of the main themes for the poems in Echoes of an African War. This, and the fact that Corrie has produced a truly magnificent art work, is why the Africa's Child picture has been incorporated into the logo that appears on each page in this site.
Chas Lotter's poem, Africa's Child, the perfect mate to Corrie's art work, is printed below.
It is two hundred eighty years now
Since Europe shook its fist
At my ancestor
And forced him to leave.
Generations of my clan have sunk their roots
Into the African soil
My tribe woke a continent
And thrust it into tomorrow.
My Afrikaans forbears fought their wars
To buy their land with their blood.
As I have fought my war.
This is my land, my home.
I yearn not
For that strange, unfamiliar place called Europe.
I am an African
A white African.
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