The land that speaks

SUZAN
Posted August 24, 2020 from Nigeria
Art that speaks
Art that speaks

This land of flowing trees and succulent earth, 

This is my land as a woman pregnant, in labour it groans, 

My land yearns to give birth to joyous freedom and swaddling fruitfulness, 

But why then, have the creatures turned a blind eye to one another?

Why do kingdoms akimbo waiting for disaster amidst their blood ties and interwoven existence, 

Blood shed is their livelihood, 

Betrayal their badge, 

Language backstabs culture in a quest for supremacy. 

But alas, a new day will come, 

The future shall be the restorer, 

The urchins of their loins shall close all quaked earth, 

The produce of their interwoven existence shall be lovers, 

For behold they shall embrace, 

They shall end this cold war, 

They are the emblem of an expectant future, 

Yes, the years of indifference shall bless the nation.

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Hello, dear Suzan,

Thank you for writing this poem. We have hope for the future if we raised strong children. May we become cycle breakers. The photo you uploaded is a great representation of what you wrote. What inspired you to create this piece, dear? I always admire people who can write poetry. Please keep them coming!

SUZAN
Aug 27
Aug 27

Hi Karen, Thanks a lot for the appraisal. Honestly, I feel like the future is so centred on what our children witness today. What we have especially from here in Nigeria is a case of the constant battle to survive at all cost. Human life is no longer meaningful. People find it easy to cheat others or kill which is really sad and it makes me worry about our children and the kind of society they are growing into. This is why I connected to that artwork completely. The world needs to teach children true values because they are a source of change from all what's happening today.

You're welcome, love. That's really concerning. To think that the adults that are cheating and killing today were once children in the past. It's challenging to be cycle breakers, but we need to do what we can in our circles of influence so that we won't perpetuate the madness in this world.

Poetry and art are great ways to express all the things that trouble us. That photo speaks a thousand words. I agree that children need strong moral values because they will be the leaders in the future.

Chi8629
Aug 28
Aug 28

Thank you for sharing beautiful .

Nini Mappo
Aug 28
Aug 28

"My land yearns to give birth to joyous freedom and swaddling fruitfulness,"
I will say a resounding 'amen' to the birth of freedom that yields life giving fruit not only in your country as a nation, but also in the life of every sister, child, family.

That lines paints such a beautiful picture of what could be. Thank you for sharing. Let us keep hoping for the years of indifference to turn into action.

SUZAN
Aug 28
Aug 28

Thank you so much for appreciating this. We will surely see this new dawn. If not us, then our children will reap the fruit.

lemonadelemon
Aug 30
Aug 30

Thank you for sharing. It is a great poem

SUZAN
Aug 31
Aug 31

Awww.. Thanks so much for reading. I'm happy you liked it.