hamid kareem

Rookie (june 23 / nigeria)

my country Poem by hamid kareem


i look at my land
and i couldnt help but behold
as i cried at the sight
my home and country is dying
at the feet of mens babbling
everywhere you go is greed
from the newborn to the old
o! my home and city
nigeria the giant of africa
what can one do to save you from greed
as deeper you drown everyday we groan

Submitted: Thursday, February 28, 2008
Edited: Monday, September 14, 2009

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  • Rookie - 4 Points Kyle Hamp (6/26/2008 7:47:00 PM)

    very moving.
    things will improve.
    trust and believe.
    great write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 210 Points Prasanna Kumari (5/11/2008 4:48:00 AM)

    i was in Nigeria for some time...what you have written is true...but this corruption is everywher except in a few developed countries where people are self-disciplined which help them to progress............. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rangarajan Kazhiyur Mannar (4/13/2008 1:51:00 AM)

    Your verse is melting my heart. The deep anguish at the state of affairs is poignantly conveyed. I keep hearing things from some of my compatriots working in Nigeria. I pray for peace to return soonest in your country and make poets like you sing its glory as the best African nation. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 96 Points Rani Turton (3/28/2008 10:47:00 AM)

    I understand your anguish but remain convinced that Africa is the future of the world. Keep the warmth of human relationships and don't let anyone tell you that poverty means inferority. Keep your songs, your culture and everything that is fine and good in your culture and transmit it. The corrupt are everywhere, only some 'do' it better. Africans don't die alone unlike many in other countries. And keep writing! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Patrick McFarland (3/28/2008 1:46:00 AM)

    This is so far the most heartfelt of your poems Hamid. I can really feel your anguish comming through. You have a natural gift in the way you are able to transcribe the deepest emotions into words we can all relate to. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Smith (3/26/2008 11:08:00 AM)

    this simply depicts a point....
    that is really important but no one seems to understand.. great one (Report) Reply

  • Rookie casey osman (3/26/2008 10:19:00 AM)

    hamid you effortlessly draw the picture
    and leave us to marvel, great work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Pha Thanh Gian (3/18/2008 6:20:00 AM)

    Sad, very moving... keep up the good work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Konye obaji Ori (3/8/2008 4:16:00 PM)

    indeed, greed is killing the floundering giant of Africa.....this is a simple cry poem of a concerned citizen...you expressed it really well, keep up the good work (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Flora Gillingham (3/8/2008 5:52:00 AM)

    Fervently expressive. Love the last four lines. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 352 Points Sreelekha Premjit (3/4/2008 4:01:00 AM)

    wonderful feelings. coming from India, I can easily empathise with you.
    The greed of a few is a curse to many. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 40 Points Indira Babbellapati (2/29/2008 4:57:00 AM)

    the whole world has to lament, hamid... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Oluwole Olawale (2/28/2008 8:33:00 AM)

    Blessed Lands...Tilled with honey and Plain oil... Why don't we leave the nation with their leaders and work our part which way to lift the nation....I can not blame God for making cry when i was born... Life continue when there's no existence

    Thanks for ur post on my poetries...

    Mike (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Leonard Daranjo (2/28/2008 5:45:00 AM)

    A beautiful country beleagured by the greed of man. How much and for how long more can can we continue to decimate our planet both for its natural resources and with our senseless violence. The few voices that cry out; the few that lament are like the wind in a desert. Our planet is burning - Is anyone listening? The answer is written in huge letters across the sky.

    I, for one, definitely empathtise with you Hamid. Even though our voices are weak and do not carry far, we must continue to cry; continue to lament the fate of once beautiful planet being swallowed by the black hole of greed and destructiveness. (Report) Reply

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