Idiongo Ebong


Today, I Have Canonized You, Mary Charles Walker - Poem by Idiongo Ebong

The faith that came like a rising sun in a dark world,
Strong in its rays and vibrant in its thoughts and actions.
The faith that illuminated our lives in abysses of death
And gave us the breath, to stay, to live and to work.
May that faith not depart from us!
May that love stay still in us!

The violent sunrays burned out of a gentle woman.
The thoughts, voices and actions that saved many lives,
The feet that ran on the rough, deadly soils of Africa,
Cutting through the woods of Nigeria and Zambia,
May that faith not depart from us!
May that love stay still in us!

That was the heart that did it all, but we knew not.
A selfless vocation that wanted no reward of service,
A vocation that was elbowed out from prominence,
A vocation that was rejected for ten years,
But the rejection that gave life to us, to Uyo.
May that faith not depart from us!
May that love stay still in us!

In a soil that knew nothing but death and pains,
And plunged to darkness and to the valley of death,
With mosquitoes and malarias as kings and queens,
And death of men, women and children as results.
You fought a fight that saved our fathers and our mothers;
A fight that gave a new breath to our children.
May that faith not depart from us!
May that love stay still in us!

In a country that was burning in fierce fire of illiteracy
And superstition was their only source of knowledge,
And fallacious belief systems made them prisoners.
Then came from your tsunamic flow of charity,
Free education for them; and you built for them a school
St. Philomena Primary School showed them the way.
May that faith not depart from us!
May that love stay still in us!

You knew that stars do fade and the mighty sun sets every day.
But right inside you, you needed an everlasting light.
The light that will shine for all ages to come;
The light that will continue to burn in the fuel of Charity.
So you called them to yourself; Lucy Williams, Agnes Ugoaru,
Mary Gertrude Waturuocha, Mary I. Bassey. Their voices, loud!
May that faith not depart from us!
May that love stay still in us!

Mother Walker, do you know what you did? I assumed no.
Please listen, thousands of lives have been saved in Anua.
Your little dispensary grew into a general hospital.
White veils have covered everywhere, they are your Handmaids,
Your four beautiful girls are now thousands of beautiful women.
Sorry, your St. Philomena was changed to Holy Child Primary School.
But, your Charity still burns there alive. And now in the school,
There are as many girls as boys, not just four girls.
May that faith not depart from us!
May that love stay still in us!

Today, I have canonized you Mary Charles Walker!
And we humbly pray, from the depth of our hearts,
That you inspire us today in the face of a dying church,
To exhibit that dose of sincere Charity and,
May that faith not depart from us!
May that love stay still in us!

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 13, 2015



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