South of Kilimanjaro

South of Kilimanjaro

Just south of Kilimanjaro,
The day began to close,
Filling the place with fading light.
I decided best to camp here,
So picked out a rocky place, -
Where the silence would be disturbed –
By the sound of ‘things’ approaching,
Or the slithering of snakes.
The night sky followed quickly,
And produced a million stars,
That seemed to flicker just beyond my reach,
I lit up my little primus stove,
Aware of strange noises in the shrubs below –
Made some strong Tanzania coffee –
As the moon, just like a spotlight,
Picked out the distant mountain top, and its reflecting glint of snow.

John Anthony Fingleton


John Anthony Fingleton: Was born in Cork City, in the Republic of Ireland. Now living in Paraguay South America. Poems published in journals and anthologies in Ireland, UK, USA, India and France as well as three plays produced. Poet of the Year (2016) Destiny Poets International Community. Poems read on Irish and American radio as well in Spanish on South American broadcasts. Contributed to four books of poetry for children. Has poems published in Spillwords, Alien Bhudda, The Red Door and numerous national and international journals, reviews, and anthologies.

Poet of the Month (March 2019) Our Poetry Archive. Poet of the Month (April 2019) The League of Poets. First solo collection ´Poems from the Shadowlands´ was published in November 2017, 'Words That Found Me' December 2019 'Poems From The Banks' January 2020 and 'Poems from a Restricted Place' April 2020 which are all available on Amazon.


  1. I liked it as far of mountain poems go but i wish writers would about other mountains. Toto said all that was needed about Kilimanjaro.

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