Oh! Timbuktu – An elegy

Oh! Timbuktu
How they desecrated you
Land of Knowledge and heritage
Oasis of enlightenment


Oh! Timbuktu
They burned and pillaged you
Crossroad of trade and history
Strength of the Mansas

 Oh! Timbuktu
How they destroyed you
Fountain of learning and study
Inspiration of the griots

 Oh! Timbuktu
They flee, they flee you
Peace may well be
And scholarship renewed

Oh! Timbuktu

Composed as a centuries old library was set ablaze by retreating fighters in the face of superior French firepower.


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