Maybe not Maybe (Part 6)

For the truest form of freedom is that which allows the mind to think freely
Where dreams can be realized freely
In a fortnight we shall have the privilege to steer th future
A chance to erect a new political structure
2015 gives us another chance to build again
A chance to decide what to discard or retain
A chance to keep leaders of the past in our past
So we can make giant strides

Of all sad words of tongue or pen
The saddest are these – ‘it might have been’
For words are of course the most powerful used by mankind
For with words we lose or bind
With it we come out of bondage
For last year’s words belongs to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice
Soon we shall have the chance to make a choice

We stand at a point to correct Nigeria’s anomaly
Words can be like an X-ray if used properly
Let’s choose wisely knowing some people have a way with words
For careless words make people love you a little less
Let us not run after men with power and fame
Words are pale shadow of forgotten names
As names have power, words have power
So let’s decide carefully to whom we give power

Words can light fire in the heart of men
Words can kill the dreams of Children
Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts
Words too can also create monsters
Remember words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another
It can kill or activate the courage of a brother
We live and breathe words
For death is actually a stop of words

Decide whose words are fit to be believed
To whom the mantle of leadership should be entrusted
Choose your friends with caution knowing they determine your fate
Plan your future with purpose and frame our life with faith
The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it is indifference
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it is indifference
And the opposite of life is not death it is indifference

The sensitivity of men to small matters and their indifference to great ones
Indicates a strange inversion
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush
It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference and under nourishment
Because of indifference one dies before one actually dies
For we focus on things that matters not ad time flies
Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike or menace
Despair is a narcotic – it lulls the mind to indifference

Today real nobility is based on scorn, courage and an outright indifference
For no one cares about making a difference
Maybe I am not anti-social,
I am just not social
So I am unable to appreciate the evil of the day
The much indifference that leads the way
While men rather than act do nothing but pray
Forgetting to but pray only without works is child’s play

Science may have found the cure for most evils
But it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings
A man’s vanity is more fragile that you might think
For this makes him sink and stink
It is easy for us to mistake shyness for coldness,
And silence for indifference
Killing me was a matter of such indifference to me that I felt like waiting for a moment it would make some difference
For if moderation is a fault then indifference is a crime

Today we experience new heights of indifference
Politeness is now organized indifference
This miserable way is taken by the sorry souls of those who lived without disgrace and without praise
They now commingle with the coward angels
The company of those who were not rebels or faithful to their God,
But stood apart – the heavens, that their beauty not be lessened
Have cast them out nor will deep hell receive them
Even the wicked cannot glory in them

Now our country is winning the race to be the worst in the world
We are swimming in poverty and our President boasts of being the best in the world
We have larger budgets yearly and better excuses for it
We have more beautiful portfolios and tittles
Unemployment is treated like a myth and dissatisfaction like a fable
The young minds are told about the opportunities in the stable
It is bad because people believe it
Because they marry and reproduce and vote and they know nothing – for they have become indifferent

The difference between the saint and the sinner is every saint has a past and the sinner a future
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in us
The distinction between the past, present and the future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion
For we hope for a future we are unwilling to pay its tuition
People never think of the future – since it comes soon enough
For when it comes they are left behind because they didn’t prepare enough
Again you cannot connect the dots looking forward
You can only connect them looking backwards

So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future
You have to trust something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever structure
The best years of your life are the one in which you decide that your problems are your own
You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, the president or some throne
You realize that you control your own destiny
So you can decide the path of glory for your destiny
If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future
And thence will have to survive through torture

It is always wise to look head but difficult to look further than you can see
For life will want to put you at sea
Life is divided into three beings
That which was, that which is and which will be
Let us learn from the past to profit by the present and from the present to live better in the future
Destiny has to ways of crushing us – by refusing our wishes or by fulfilling them in the future
Education is the passport to the future
Real education is the foundation for the future

For tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today
And not men who live believing in the stroke of fate everyday
Every man has the right to decide his own destiny
So get up to choose your own destiny
Let others lead small lives but not you
Let others argue over small things, but not you
Let others cry over small hurts, but not you
Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you

Our human compassion binds us to one to the other
Not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future of others
Though remember Bob’s thought – in this bright future we can’t forget our past
But we have to let go of our past
For time and the world do not stand still
Neither does it wait for the man in pain to be free
Change is the law of life
Decisions and not indifference is the way for life

And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future
It is good to study the past so you would divine the future
Destiny is no matter of chance
It is a matter of choice
It is not a thing to be waited for
It is a thing to be achieved
The future starts today, not tomorrow
For to wait till tomorrow is the bedrock for sorrow

What matters is to live in the present, live now
For every moment is now
Don’t just exist, live
Don’t just breathe, live
It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future
For you can’t feature in a future you can’t picture
The outline of your future path already exists
For you created its pattern by your past

I believe that you control your destiny
So we can write the country’s destiny
That you can be what you want to be
And Nigeria can be what we want it to be
You can also stop and say ‘NO’
To corruption – I won’t do it ‘NO’
It doesn’t take a million years to decide to be right
It only takes you and me to be ready for us to win the fight

The best argument for democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter
For he knows not which of the options is better
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master – my idea of democracy
When everyone can be heard – that is democracy
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all
For in the end they stand not and the country falls
Nigeria was not created in order to disappear
For Nigeria is not here to hold a brief in life’s sphere

Nigeria will continue and flourish
We will yet stand tall despite through the many Squamish
It is the child of hope and the home of the brave
No longer a house of slaves
It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success
For we shall make our foundation in the rocks
It will carry the shield of democracy and will honour continually the sword of freedom
And shall eat from the table of wisdom

3 thoughts on “Maybe not Maybe (Part 6)” by Ogbole Samson (@ogbolesamson)

  1. Wow! This is the longest poem I’ve ever read.

  2. thank you @mcsnol
    I do hope you enjoyed it though
    in a bit to capture everything, the poem got longer and longer, about 75 pages and 16300 words.

    I do hope the message is passed, had to break the poem into parts so I could post it

  3. It’s quite long indeed @ogbolesamson, but not devoid of meaning. Keep on!

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