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
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