I am Nigeria, Daughter of Africa

March 5, 2010
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There we were gathered,
Nations old and young
Nations who flags flew higher than the sky
Nations of the revolution of the earth
And nations ,who shake the rest with a loud silence.
One of these nations,
Booming and proud
Walked up to me and asked mockingly “who are you”

My heart froze, and suddenly
A spirit of art came upon me
And like the great poet Chinua Achebe,
And as if I was Homer and the rest of the countries were children who longed for a story.
I began to sing, not knowing what I was saying but eloquently.
I sang
‘I am the son of the morning
And the daughter of light
I am the song of the birds on the brightest summer day
The red earth of which you build your houses.
I am the smell of newly roasted corn
And newly fallen dew.
I am the taste of sweet corn
And the smell of a hopeful day
I am, the song the birds sing on the prettiest summer days.
I am the very sun
That brings life chlorophyll to all your plants.
I am the joy of the sad woman
I am the light of the glorious morning
That ends the long nights of pain and agony
I am the freshness that you all smell
I am the essence of beauty.
I am Nigeria,
The daughter of Africa,
Well known among the heathen.
And as if rehearsed, I stopped as if rehearsed
And a large green and white Nigerian flag,
Flew high by itself
And everyone marveled
I smelled in my heart
As if reaffirming to myself
“I am Nigeria”

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Izaac96 said...
Oct. 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm
Thankyou so very much..
Counselor & Friend said...
Oct. 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm
Beautiful, touching, sense-filling poem.  May the sons and daughters of all nations learn to see and celebrate the beauty of their homelands with the same feeling that Issac brings to his beloved Nigeria.
Izaac96 said...
Oct. 2, 2011 at 8:04 am
thank you for your comment
afflatus said...
Sept. 30, 2011 at 5:11 am
i love the way u describe.....love ur poetry....
HannSawyer15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm
Wow... i'm actually speechless. You're a really good writer! Loved it!
Izaac96 replied...
Aug. 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm
..thank you so very much!
Cizarina said...
Mar. 23, 2010 at 4:38 am
Isaac, I love this poem!!
I rate it 4.5 :-)
Keep on dreaming, you're gong far.
ruth ministry said...
Mar. 19, 2010 at 11:05 am
This is a wonderful poem that bring hope and assurance of better tomorrow to Nigeria and to other Nation that tomorrow will be better.Love the poem and do appreciate your effort and the use of words.
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