Uche Nwanze

Gold Star - 7,570 Points (16th August / Benin city)

Arise O Compatriots - Poem by Uche Nwanze

I speak of a country by the Niger river,
I speak of a people, forlorn yet jocund.
I speak of a nation, innumerable like the stars in the galaxy.
I speak of a people, gifted by Mother nature, cursed by the gods.
I speak of a people, wealth is limitless yet poverty looks sternly at her.
I speak of a people, united but divided.
I speak of a country, walking with giant strides, yet live like Lilliputian.
I speak of a country, independent but in chains.
I speak of a nation, she beams her rays on her neighbours yet under the cover of darkness.
I speak of a country, whose arms wide open to welcome all in warm embrace yet her sons are fugitives.
I speak of a country, who protects her neighbours but her daughters live in the shadows of fear in their fatherland.
I speak of a country, in the land of the rising sun, eclipsed by corruption.
I speak of a country, she can rise from her ashes.
I speak of a people, she can break the chains of the colonial master.
I speak of a nation, where peace and justice shall reign tomorrow.
I speak of a country, where the sun will smile on her again.
I speak of a people, they will wake up from their slumber someday.
I speak of a nation, one day she'll taste the sweet wine of freedom.

© UCHE NWANZE
1ST OCTOBER,2019
05: 00PM

Topic(s) of this poem: freedom, independence, independence day

Form: Free Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

The poem speaks of Nigeria, a country that gained independence from Britain on 1st October,1960. She may be independent but not free, . the poem speaks of a tomorrow that Nigeria will rise from the ashes of slavery and be truly free.

Comments about Arise O Compatriots by Uche Nwanze

  • Uche Nwanze (10/22/2019 5:38:00 AM)

    I am deeply honoured that my piece was chosen this day as poem of the day. It will spur my pen to write more. I am indeed grateful to you all for your comments and kind words. You're so kind. (Report)Reply

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  • Bharati Nayak (10/17/2019 10:50:00 AM)

    A brilliant poem about your motherland- - the paradoxes so nicely put.Fine poetic expression.
    Congratulations for being selected Poet of the Day!
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  • Tamara Beryl Latham (10/17/2019 7:23:00 AM)

    Uche, your poem is filled with emotion and patriotism. A quite enjoyable read. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on POD. : -) (Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha Pathak (10/17/2019 7:10:00 AM)

    And I forgot to congratulate you for the selection of this poem as POD. (Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha Pathak (10/17/2019 7:08:00 AM)

    Great contradictions of a great country, brilliantly put,
    Let the tomorrow that you see comes to be sooner, Amen.
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (10/17/2019 4:54:00 AM)

    superb and fantastic patriotic writings
    ///
    arise
    yes, arise o native landers

    awake,
    awake, break your lazy dreamy sleeping

    find,
    find the freedom

    Oh!
    O compatriots
    you are Free
    but in the boundary-less helI! ! !

    o independent
    native landers
    you are free
    but in a caged bird! ! !
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  • Chinedu Dike (10/17/2019 4:20:00 AM)

    An insightful patriotic piece of poetry written with clarity of thought and mind. Well conceived and wonderfully penned. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/17/2019 2:59:00 AM)

    A most edifying poem, that employs anaphora throughout, to make its point effectively....congratulations Uche! (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/17/2019 2:48:00 AM)

    A country called Nigeria! ! !
    Independent! But in chains! ! ! ! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Hassan Hayati (10/17/2019 1:44:00 AM)

    A great write. I admire your sense of patriotism, hope this land, Nigeria, is proud always. (Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb Alfateh (10/17/2019 1:39:00 AM)

    I speak of a country, whose arms wide open to welcome all in warm embrace yet her sons are fugitives.
    I speak of a country, who protects her neighbours but her daughters live in the shadows of fear in their fatherland.


    great write
    great 10++
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/17/2019 12:52:00 AM)

    A noble poem of the day.
    Congrats on your featured piece....10+++
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Poem Edited: Tuesday, October 1, 2019


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