segun Johnson Ozique

Freshman - 668 Points (25th, Sept.1961 / Lagos-Nigeria)

I Dare You Woman - Poem by segun Johnson Ozique

The natural ontological make of mankind is creativity
Every human, aspiring to transform their world
Exploiting, exploring ever new possibilities
Searching for richer, fuller prosperities
To which they can relates and accept
But to which they must be cautious
A task, they must, with care, perform

That is why, woman, you must act, and now, you must
React you must to transform your environment
Tear down the wall, the shackles and cuffs
The manacles, the fangs, the battalions
That is perpetually in wait to keep you caged

Yes you do have your doubts
Yes you do have your hopes
Yes, your seeing of the other side maybe skewed
You seeing only the perception of the limitation of you
Based on your religions, beliefs, laws and all the other baggage and bandages

But must, you must still, everyday and under every circumstances
Strive to use materials at your disposal
To perform, overcome and recreate history
To impel, negate and reorder the present order

Rather than be seen and do remain submerged
In the culture of silence, of see and tell no evil, live and let live
Accepting conscious perception of unreality
Paternalistic submission to god and subject relationship
Remaining the docile pun of the mankind

Dare you, I say, to struggle to become free subjects
To participate in the transformation of your society
To provide the world with insight that is limited by wars and warring
To chart the path of a new world order, new models
New hopes, new face, new response, new consciousness
Encouraging your others to be educated
To become socially, politically, and economically conscientise

But much more, dare you I say to un marginalize you
Dare you to scratch where and when you itch
Dare to be curious, be conscious, to aspire
Dare you avoid being sucked into the pitfall of dehumanization
Dare to emblazon your arrival, to take power and,
Unearth an appropriate neuter or rename ‘Being' womankind.

Topic(s) of this poem: art

Form: Free Verse


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 28, 2010

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 5, 2017


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