8 thoughts on “Tanzanian Serengeti, Lake Natron threatened

  1. “The Pink Concern” – A Poem by Carol Njoki

    Wed, May 4, 2011


    Always yearning to see you
    Always coming across other beauties on the way
    But my visit is never complete
    Without you
    The pink beauties
    Carpeting the lakes
    Don’t you amaze me?
    Those legs, the long necks…. aaaah!
    That play among you
    That dance
    That sieving beak
    That carefully selects your food
    That though not visible to me
    Determines your pink colour
    Determines your each day of life
    Determines your moment on earth
    Wonderfully made
    To withstand that I regard as harsh water
    To follow your biological instinct
    That directs you to your
    Other pink beauties
    To your source of food
    To your pink maternity
    Amazed ….
    That when you want to bring forth
    The next pink generation
    You make that sacrificial
    Long flight to Lake Natron
    The only pink maternity
    For the rest of the East African
    Pink beauties
    That what I regard as harsh
    Is the ideal for you
    To raise your next pink generation
    Eventually colouring the soda lakes
    With that pink distinct colour
    That your pink bank – The Natron
    For many generations
    May be no more
    In your pink maternity
    Lies the soda gold
    Eyed for human wealth
    But stored just an inch beneath
    Your delicate and only birth place
    That the human interest in your maternity – The Natron
    Will remove your pink colour
    Even where I used to find you
    That this will not just remain
    A Tanzanian story
    But an East African disaster
    For it is in Natron,
    Only Natron!
    That breeds our Flamingos
    Will breed no more pink
    But instead breed more human wealth
    At the expense of your sensitivity and fragility
    That each time I see you flying
    Up in the sky
    Heading to the Natron
    You might come back to Kenya
    But minus your next pink generation
    Until your are eventually wiped out
    I want to endlessly see and be met
    By thy pink beauty on our lakes
    As your beauty spreads across borders
    The flying ambassadors who unite us
    Will I watch and wait
    To listen when your story becomes another tale
    That whenever I want to see and be met by your beauty
    I have to refer to the books and peoples memories?
    OR ….
    Will I be the pink ambassador?



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