A Poem About The Rainbow Nation

A Poem About The Rainbow Nation

Africa Poem (Free)


Africa Poem (Free)

By Joergen Ostensen


This is a free-verse poem that describes experiencing South Africa for the first time as I study abroad here this semester.

There's a bus rumbling through

A rainbow sunset

Purple flower

Country and the

Windows ripple

With speed bumps,

Palm trees,

Green grasses spilling

Through open-mouthed chainlink fences,

Leaky drainage pipes

Bleeding out on the sidewalks,

Red lighted robots

Crying out against the anarchy

Of vans and rows of cars needing

To be home

And men,

Groups of men, sitting under the train tracks

Gathering together, a congress

Under the leaves of strange, stunted moonlight trees

Together to talk and drink so as to smile

Into cheap beer

Under brilliant, scorched orange clouds

While quiet beggers with armfuls of for sale rosaries and fake American passports

Hide in the shade along the busy baking three o'clock sidewalks

While others stand in the streets, the middle

Of busy, busy streets holding signs and nectarines

And smoke is rising on hot, hot days

Sweat dripping days when sunglasses

Don't even work and people stumble into one another

Walking on the wrong side of the street

And old bearded men and dogs sing Dylan

And even have harmonicas

Outside grocery stores where they sell blueberry tea

And the banks are never open

Even for angel faced zebras

Who walk the streets with never ending giraffes

Eating french fries dabbled with ketchup and mustard and anything else lying around

While it suddenly starts to rain again

In a flash of light and pouring sky crumbling rain falling

Falling down, washing away the streets and the advertising signs

For abortions and petrol and love and black tie tutors and Jesus and white God churches

And all this in the rippling rain water window

Of the bumpy road bus.

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Bonnaroo Is Unlike Any Other Music Festival

4 days of camping, 150 performers, 10 stages, and the most incredible experience you'll ever encounter in the middle of Tennessee.


The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival takes place in an enormous 700-acre field -- nicknamed "The Farm" -- in Manchester, Tennessee. Festival-goers from all over the country fly, drive, or walk into the festival to experience 4 days of music, activities, and food. This past weekend was my first time going, and I can without a doubt say that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. One of Bonnaroo's common sayings is "Radiate Positivity," and the 4 days spent there are factual evidence of the saying. At Bonnaroo, there is no stress, no worry, and not a care in the world. People of all kinds come together each year to celebrate life, love, and music without judgment. Each person's authenticity was something I noticed as soon as I stepped foot into the festival.

You can embrace your true self without apology. Each person is there to lift you up, too.

The atmosphere is much different than anything else I have experienced before. Even when my friends and I felt tired, or if the sun was just too hot to bear, we still did not mind being on our feet for hours on end. We enjoyed being exactly where we were, despite the minor inconveniences we may have faced -- like sitting in 5-hour traffic to get into the campground! I may sound crazy for saying this, but time truly did slow down while we were on The Farm.

My friends and I pulled up to the campground at 6 a.m. on Thursday morning as The Farm buzzed with people. We were too excited to go to sleep, so we spent the morning exploring the place instead. Day or night, everyone was alive with smiles that were contagious. We heard the words "Happy Roo!" from friends and strangers alike.

No matter where you came from, everyone was family at Bonnaroo.

One thing I noticed this past weekend was that everyone was there to help one another. If we needed help with setting up our tent, our neighbors who camped next to us were there to help in seconds. If someone tripped and fell, three people would be there to help the person up. If someone needed a few bucks for water, there was someone in line who was more than willing to cover the cost. I felt so at home there, as if I was a part of this community consisting of all types of people. I felt like I belonged there.

Alongside incredible people and a fulfilling community, there was stellar music as well (of course!). Headliners such as The Lumineers, Post Malone, and Kacey Musgraves rocked The Farm with new and old hits that hyped up the crowds.

Each performer reminded us that Bonnaroo is a safe place and does not discriminate against any person.

Hearing these words so often gave me so much hope for this world and the changes we can make. Bonnaroo is known as a Music and Arts Festival for a reason because it also promotes and sells eco-friendly living and handmade creations all throughout the festival. The activities that are available to attendees set the festival apart from other music festivals.

Bonnaroo connects us all through music, acceptance, and love. I can't wait to go back next summer!

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10 Things To Do To Make The Most Out Of Summer Break

Here are some ways you can enjoy summer.


Trying to find something to do during summer break? Here are 10 things to consider trying out.



Relaxing is what summer is all about. Whether it's listening to music, watching TV, or sitting on the couch doing absolutely nothing, any form of some relaxation is always necessary during break.

Stay active


Staying relaxed doesn't always have to mean doing absolutely nothing. It's also highly beneficial to stay outdoors and keep your body moving.



Stimulate your mind and pick up a book you've been wanting to read but just didn't have the time to yet.

Pick up a new hobby


There's no better time to find a new hobby than summer break, and it can be anything!

Practice good habits


Healthy eating and exercise can be especially hard things to maintain throughout the year, but with a little more time on your hands, be sure to stick to healthy practices and eventually incorporate them into your daily routine. You'll be happy you did it.



Stepping out of your environment into a new one is always an exciting thing to do. Traveling is obviously one of the most popular summertime activities, so, when met with the opportunity to do so, definitely consider going to new places, meeting new people, and exploring different cultures.



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Visit new places


If you've been meaning to go to a particular place such as a restaurant or museum, now's the time to do it!

Focus on yourself


One of the most important things that you can do during time off is to focus on yourself. There are many ways to do this, but definitely invest your time and energy into doing something that is beneficial to you.

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