Visa to Heaven (Literally)

A narrow winding road leads to the

gates of bureaucracy.

Gate keepers penetrate with

suspicious stares of denial, and



Radically profiled, not favored to


Stereotyped and denied access

to greater connections.

Dreams are delayed, relationships

denied and opportunities are


Third world problems: There is no

value for our humanity.


She paddles through a basin of

an immigration alphabet foamy


Swims across interrogations on

the government forms and a

series of interviews.

Roaming  visa formalities like a

ghost, she hovers through the

tragedy of time and the daunting

face of reality.


Circling restrictions on pencil

drawn borders, she smudges laid

out conditions on her forehead.

Literally dictated, compromised

and promised.

Cross- checked and examined

like a suspect, an African’s plight

is foretold and desire to travel

is deliberately delayed.

She bribes patience for the wait,

endures rejection, denial and

a cold shoulder for a price

to enter this heaven.


©FloetryC 2016

“A good African traveler is one who returns. One who leaves Europe or America quickly. The embassies love them. Good African doesn’t move.” Elnathan John.



Author: AfroetryC

I am an African woman and a mother to a precious little angel. I love to use the term "Afro-floetic Queen" mostly to describe my poetry and my roots. I love, soul music and inspirational bits of knowledge to offer advice and counseling to those who need it. I can be very witty, straight forward but fun. Ha. ha... A colorful perception of the world - expressed in my poetry. I want to inspire people with my Poetry...give them hope, while also advising them. Life is a learning process and i am happy when one of my pieces directly affects or inspires one of my readers. Let's take a detour around experience, and let me fill your minds with sweet poetic juices.... Note: Just changed my user name from FloetryC to AfroetryC because the latter is more personal and describes my Spoken Word Poetry better.

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