Friday, September 18, 2009

Mornings in Africa

At first all I see are the eyes. Eyes without bodies. Big green dots lighting up the pitch darkness of the night like fireflies. As my sleepy eyes grow accustomed to the blue black darkness outside of my tent, silhouettes start to come alive.

The jagged edges of umbrella acacias fill up my horizon. A mournful wuuuu huuu huuu breaks through the quietness of the night and I see the curved outline of a bush baby crawling slowly into sight, its big sorrowful green eyes all the while watching me. The heavy built frames of buffaloes dotting the savannah, softly grunting. A flicker of a tail swooshing and somewhere out in the velvety darkness a hyena laughs at his own secret joke before running off. I hear muffled rustling in the tussock grass around the tent and turn my head toward it just in time to see a startled bush duiker dart out of one bush and into another. Up in the trees a twig breaks free, and an accusatory chattering ensues between the black and white colobus monkeys. I hear scampering and swinging in the trees, as Africa awakens out of its slumber.

The weaver birds always awaken first. Noisy and loud, bickering back and forth, chasing each other, flashing streaks of yellow into the blue hours of dawn, dangling from one nest, flying into another. The hadada ibises squawk loudly at them scolding and shaking their heads in disapproval, their loud cries resonating into the early morning. The go away birds pitch in their dissatisfaction at the scene, hopping from one branch to another calling out at everyone to just “goooo goooo awaaaay”. The noisy choir of morning birds in the air grows louder and louder and then all of a sudden there is silence.

There it is – that breathless sunrise. Just as suddenly as the first warm glow rises up from the dark abyss of the horizon, the noise of the world around me hushes into a perfect silence. It’s as if nature and I agree that this is a sacred sight that can only be gazed upon in the midst of absolute serenity. Peace and quiet fill my world for that one moment as the sky fills up with crimson and orange rising higher and higher up into the sky until a perfect fiery ball of red sets the sky aflame. It is only six in the morning but already Africa is on fire.

This isn’t the memory of a single morning, but rather the nostalgia of countless memories of waking up to countless breathless sunrises in my beloved Kenya.

~vagabond~ © 2009


Talking To My Soul said...

Ha! I am the first one here. And you were gone for long, I say.

The post says you miss Africa dearly.
As much as you hold it close to your heart. Vivid the memory is.

Welcome back, Vagabond.


shooting star said...

such beautiful image to behold...and beautiful lines to describe it!!!

~vagabond~ said...

I was gone long enough that I missed blogging. I do miss Africa...hope I can return soon enough to still see things the way they were.

@Star: Thanks for your lovely compliment...and welcome to my blog! :)

Deepu said...

Nicely written.

It is a pity one can't spend all life enjoying the beauty of one's own land, as one's life (for most us who have real aims and the will to achieve them whatever we come across) means living in places that are somewhat artificial and strangely detached from one's consciousness.

GMG said...

Hi Vagabond, here I am after another absence, much longer than I wished; but it seems yours has been much more extensive than mine... ;)
Nostalgia, that's a very well-known feeling here...

Blogtrotter is still travelling in Turkey, waiting for your comments... Enjoy and have a great weekend!