James Ogunjimi

Rookie - 104 Points (Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria)

Don'T Tell Me We'Re Free - Poem by James Ogunjimi

Don't judge us by the Smiling faces
And conclude we are happy.
Don't use as examples just a few cases
And say it's reality.
For Smiling faces do not mean the same as happy people,
Neither does smooth talk translate to goodwill.

Don't see the big cars we drive
And conclude we are rich.
Don't look at the clothes we have
And call us the real deal.
For big cars do not mean the same as rich men,
Neither does big clothes translate to big men.

Don't look at us 'going places'
And conclude we can soar.
Don't look at us like cheetahs running in races
And expect us to roar.
For 'going places' does not always mean it's in the right direction,
Neither does aimless running translate to eventual elevation.

Don't look at our feet without shackles
And conclude we are free.
Don't look at our faces without wrinkles
And say it's the good life we live.
For the invisibility of chains is no proof of its absence,
Neither does smooth face translate to a life of rest.

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Comments about Don'T Tell Me We'Re Free by James Ogunjimi

  • Margaret O Driscoll (5/31/2015 6:54:00 AM)

    'Don't look at our feet without shackles and conclude that we're free' is a great line! Well done, thought provoking poem! (Report) Reply

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  • Nurain Ali-balogun (5/1/2014 12:30:00 AM)

    Decent writing. I ran into this poem somewhere, Facebook or naijastories? I can't remember. As a rapper-friend of mine will say: keep writing and doing the right thing. (Report) Reply

  • John Chizoba Vincent (4/2/2014 2:53:00 PM)

    love that dont judge a book by it cover (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2014 11:30:00 AM)

    Well written, bro. Nice 1 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 23, 2014

Poem Edited: Monday, March 24, 2014

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