Out of Africa.
I am a human, Homo sapiens, whose phylogeny is out of Africa.
After I lived several decades in the Northern Hemisphere,
I "returned" to Africa, Lesotho (Le su tu), to teach biology.
I viewed, often, the great remaining herds of migrating creatures,
The valley villages in the early morning, with a hovering cloud of smoke over the huts,
And remember the breeding of my Basotho mare with a local magnificent Appaloosa stallion.
We rode from Roma, Lesotho, to a Ladybrand farm in South Africa,
To leave the mare for breeding on the Amm's place for a few days.
Weeks later, back in Roma, a beautiful foal emerged
With a Nez Perce (Ney Pair say--French) blanket of white, scattered with black spots on her rump:
Perhaps the first of such a gene recombination in Lesotho!
The transport of a North American horse breed (bred by the Nez Perce),
Combined with the 'blood' of the African bred Basotho pony:
Such a sweet, lovely creature to be created on the continent of our human origin.
Frank Maurer 14 January 2023 1145 AM
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