Okavango Dawn

© Dawn on the Okavango at Jao Camp
The Okavango is a place of great contrasts and dramatic happenings, and visitors to the region experience much of the excitement through the eyes of their guide, but at night the senses are on their own.The events of a day in Africa are never the same, always providing an experience to savour, and in the deep hours of the night, in the hours before dawn, the enormity of the place that is Africa opens our souls to a distant past.
4.15 am: an eerie silence

holds the darkness captive

but only for a moment

for if you listen closely

you can hear the stars

sharing the secrets

of the universe4.20 am: a hyena challenges the night

a fearful sound

beautiful

echoing an ancient song
4.50 am: a faint distant roar

from beyond the stars

speaks of the approaching dawn
The Hint of Dawn
5.30 am: the first hint of light

touches the eastern horizon
5.55 am: the tree-lined horizon

is etched against the sky

silhouetted on the water

in a pale glow orange6.15 am: the lover that is dawn

embraces

murmurs

then whispers

as she slowly awakens
6.45 am: the dawn chorus

is in full voice

heralding the new day
6.55 am: the sun peeps above the treeline

rising into a dust-stained sky
Leigh Kemp
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