Adesola Tomilade


The Nation's Light


'Arise and shine! '
The Clarion Voice cried
For you are the light
The Nation's light

And so I arise
And I tried to shine
But it will not glow
The light will not glow

It has been dimmed!
The light is dimmed!
The senseless Killings
(The wicked accuses)
The youths, the victims

Yet I arise
For I am the light
The Nation's light
And I shall try

(...I'll try to shine)

Submitted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Edited: Monday, March 25, 2013
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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Afterthought
This is a poetic sequel to a story I am trying to 'construct' about the perils and challenges of obeying the Clarion call in my country Nigeria. The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme has come under intense criticism in recent times, when many Corps Members posted to different states to serve their fatherland were brutally murdered in times of crisis, and were wickedly accused of various wrongdoings, although they are mostly innocent.
These were supposed to be the most protected youths in Nigeria, for they carry the Nation's light. But Unfortunately, they are not.
That is the situation these enterprising youths have found themselves. And something must be done about it on time, or else the essence of the program is defeated.

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  • Kaila George (4/10/2013 5:15:00 PM)

    You speak such strong words...this is touching to read I loved it...gets a 10 from me thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

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