Where I am from

Olanike
Posted July 17, 2014 from Nigeria

I am from fuel wood so heavy From sticks and trees now hard to come by I am from the once pristine countryside I am from the fast vanishing streak of teak trees The earth it binds still. I am from subsistence farming and belabored hands From Maria and Julius. From don’t be wasteful and give your best at all times I am from Crocodile City and beautiful dark complexion weighty water yam tubers and finest cocoa. From women and girls so hardworking and discovering their silenced voices. From women denied control over community resources and total disrespect for women’s rights and roles. I am from South Western region of the most populous black nation in the world From the fountain of imposing knowledge, From women and girls defying the odds to nurture nature.

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Emily Garcia
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 23, 2014

Dear Olanike,

This poem is beautiful and such an inspiration! I love so many of your lines here..."I am from Crocodile City and beautiful dark complexion / weighty water yam tubers and finest cocoa". Your home sounds like it was a truly beautiful place. I am so glad you're working to ensure "women and girls defy the odds to nurture nature" and bring the land back to it's pristine state through sharing knowledge of sustainable practices.

Thank you for sharing, Emily

Olanike
Aug 01, 2014
Aug 01, 2014

Dear Emily, I am happy to know your thoughts about the poem. I quite appreciate the opportunity afforded me once again by World Pulse to express my interest, passion, concern and message. Women are doing great things to make our world a better place, and very much deserve acknowledgement. Thank you loads for celebrating my commitment to sustainable practices.

Thanks for reading and giving me a feed back.

Hugs, Greengirl

Emily Garcia
Aug 01, 2014
Aug 01, 2014

You're welcome, Greengirl. And thank you for being here and always sharing your passion and message! It's so good knowing about the work you're doing to better our world. Hugs! Emily

Rachael Maddock-Hughes
Jul 31, 2014
Jul 31, 2014

Just gorgeous and an a mirror to your life. Thank you for sharing!

Rachael

Olanike
Aug 01, 2014
Aug 01, 2014

I sincerely appreciate your very motivating words. Thank you Rachael!

Warmly, Greengirl

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 29, 2014

Dear Greengirl,

So, so beautiful. It is the voices of these women who carry love for the earth in hearts and hands, who make strong and grounding the movement we are creating to save our beautiful planet, ourselves and each other. I am stronger just knowing you are there, and today is more beautiful, having the chance to begin by reading your poem.

Love and a big hug, Tam

Yvette Warren
Jan 19, 2015
Jan 19, 2015

Dear Greengirl, It has been too many months since your beautiful, strong voiced was shared with us through your WP journal. I hope all is well with you.

Thank you for being a blessing upon our shared earth. Yvette

Olanike
Jan 19, 2015
Jan 19, 2015

Thank you so much Y for checking on me. I owe you an email!. However, I am fine now and will be bouncing back sooner than you think. Haha!

Love, Greengirl

Yvette Warren
Jan 19, 2015
Jan 19, 2015

Good to hear. Love, Y