Tell Her (dedicated to a friend)

 

Tell her
America is the land of dreams
Nigeria, her blood and your soul
Thicker than water!

 

Is it not the land naija?
Where you did things with reckless abandon
Bare footed, bare-chested, happy, unfettered
Under moonlight’s watchful approval

 

When meal times were not mean times.
Fish oil escaping from between grinning teeth
Leaving imprints (near lasting) on raiment and heart
Amongst kinsmen and women

 

But I still understand you
Even though, now, you speak in strange tongues
They say you’ve been bitten by American bug
So you have new friends who write and speak like you do

 

Of signs and letters that lead to more
Signs and letters, complex
T-e-k-i-n-o-l-o-g-y is good
Since it gives us power to see your face,
Make out your frame, hear your voice

 

And while I understand that crystal clear
Chlorinated swimming pools are your new fancy;
You and I both know that our tutelage
Was received in the motherly waters of the Ondo River

 

So however the optimists may try
Machine spirit cannot rival kindred spirit
And always remember that that bounce in your stride
Bears its significance from your sense of African pride

 

So go to the uttermost parts if you must, but please listen
To that still small voice that tells you
Home is where your heart is.

 

Tell her
America is the land of dreams
Nigeria, her blood and your soul
Thicker than water!



5 thoughts on “Tell Her (dedicated to a friend)” by Writeman (@writeman)

  1. Lovely poem. With more polish, it would be like a poem I once read – the song of Lawino, I think it was called. You should search for that poem, myt give you ideas to better this.

    Well done man. $ß.

    1. @sibbylwhyte,
      thanks for reading and appreciating.Will search for that poem and see if it will juggle me All the best mind.Cheers.

    2. @sibbylwhyte,
      thanks for reading and appreciating.Will search for that poem and see if it will juggle my mind.All the best.Cheers

  2. i like this …but your tenses were inconsistent and you switched from 3rd person to 2nd person along the line….
    well done

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