Posted by: John Looker | 14 August, 2022

How Mansa Musa Came to Timbuktu

My poem this weekend contemplates the mystery of those travellers who set out and are never seen again.

On the surface it celebrates the astonishing journey of the West African emperor, Mansa Musa. But there was another journey made: by his predecessor who sailed out across the Atlantic:

There are more extracts from Shimmering Horizons on a dedicated page of this blog: one poem from each of the seven parts of the book. The poem above is taken from Part III: Into that Silent Sea — a celebration of ten great historic or legendary travellers from every continent of the world. I’m posting one each week for ten weeks.

Shimmering Horizons was published in 2022 by Bennison Books and is available through Amazon at minimal price. In Britain it may be borrowed through public libraries from the National Poetry Library.


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