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)
Read this poem in other languages
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.
Poet's Notes about The Poem
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.
Comments about this poem (The Nation's Light by Adesola Tomilade )
The Road Not Taken
If You Forget Me
Still I Rise
Edgar Allan Poe
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
William Ernest Henley
- From words and acts, gajanan mishra
- Molecules Of Life, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
- Bond exists, hasmukh amathalal
- Deliverance, JRose Sanders
- Only answer, hasmukh amathalal
- Mirrored Past, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
- insert emotion here, Mandolyn ...
- Prince Johnson's Cannibalism, Richard Thripp
- Rain Colors, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
- THE BEATLES' MEDICAL PROBLEMS, Richard Thripp