Monday, April 20, 2015

SOUTH AFRICA - A POEM By Odimegwu Onwumere

I thought I'd share this passionate poem with you. It touched a deep part of my soul and got me thinking and wondering how Africa got here.

South Africa

These killings, bestialities, animosities
You show to your visitors
Are for ignorance.

Oh! South Africa,
A land stained with innocent bloods
Generations with all the soaps can’t clean.

You have created ills
With these odious killing competition.

You neglected to learn,
Failed to compete with your visitors,
Failed to acquire knowledge,
Failed to be hospitable.


Killing your visitors
Can never be a sacrifice
To redeem your ignorance.

Killing your visitors
Can never open paths
Of prosperity for you.

Killing your visitors
Can never generate ideas for you.

You have caused your bad luck
With these innocent bloods
That would continue

To cry from your soil
Till the end of time.

Oh! South Africa,
Sunshine and moon
Shall henceforth be your enemies
As you enviously take to killing
Your visitors as your foes
In lure of taking them as your friends

- Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Writer, Rivers State, Nigeria.

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