An Ode to the Green African Giant

Celebrating Nigeria's 50 yrs of Independence

Like a slumbering giant

Awakened to the sound of drums

The rush of the crowds

Like a swarm of ants

The chains that bind me

They fear to cut

The black river drowns me

But they only watch

Rescue me now

Lest I sleep again

To rise no more

The silent green giant

© Kiru Taye 2010

Comments 33 comments

Tee Akindele 6 years ago

Yeah, the point exactly! If we'll merely sit and watch this snoozing giant drown, what are we celebrating? Age? When she could be standing in towering heights with a voice to reckon with.

Great poem!


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kirutaye 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Tee, Thanks for stopping by. I'm so glad you got it and liked it. From a poetry pro like you it is a big compliment. Poetry isn't a strong point of mine but i was prompted to write this when i saw all the fuss about the celebrations.

I'll keep practising my peotry though. :o))


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DREAM ON 6 years ago

It was a pleasure to read.I love to see other peoples thoughts develop.


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kirutaye 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Dream on, thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. Hope to see you again soon. :o))


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Very cool and thought provoking. Oh yes indeed don't just sit and watch the world go by. Really see it!


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kirutaye 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Katiem2, thanks for stopping by. It's a definite call to action: Don't just watch, participate and change things.

Thanks again and see you again soon. :o))


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michael ely 6 years ago from Scotland

Hi Kirutaye, I loved this poem. Really great images. Cheers. Michael.


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kirutaye 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Thank you Michael. I'm glad you loved it. :o))


Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

Ahh, brevity, my favorite poetic attribute. Perhaps growing up in the digital age has warped my mind, but I grasp poetry, scientific facts, etc. so much easier when they come in tasty little morsels like this. Welcome, fellow newbie.


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kirutaye 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Doug, thank you so much. I try to publish in small chunks because that's how i like to read. It's good to know other people like it that way.

Stop by again soon.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

this was great, your words invoking a fantastic image to your strong message here :) loved it!


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kirutaye 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi nighthag, thanks for your kind comments. I am glad you loved it. Come back soon. :o))


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minakay 5 years ago from Rivers State, Nigeria

Short, precise and powerful. I really pray the efforts of the few Nigerians trying to positively represent their Country will not be discarded...


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kirutaye 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Amen to your prayer minakay and thank you for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon.


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chisom emmanuel 5 years ago from NIGERIA

its a vey beautiful poem and storngly felt i got interested because i actully wrote something relate to our 50 year independent annivesary and its titled the green gem of african am gonna hub soon. love


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kirutaye 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Chisom, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I am glad you like it. I look forward to reading your hub on the green gem of Africa.


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chisom emmanuel 5 years ago from NIGERIA

thank you dear


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chisom emmanuel 5 years ago from NIGERIA

i actually got inspired by tours


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James Agbogun 5 years ago

Such a great poem with strong message locked in.

Thanks!


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kirutaye 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Chisom, it is humbling to know that my work inspires others. Thank you.

James, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm glad you like it. Hope to see you again soon. :o))


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arb 5 years ago from oregon

Perhaps, we forget, why we are able to sleep. Wonderful imagery! To not waste word, is indeed, the gift of poetry.


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kirutaye 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi arb, thank you for stopping by. I am glad you enjoyed it. Hope to see you again soon. :o))


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I loved this, so much meaning, and great words, I must admit to not knowing about it before, sorry, but now you have got me interested and I am going to read about it! result! lol cheers nell

I opened another page, and caught up with the story. i understand now, it is typical of leaders from every country in the world, that if they cannot run the country properly they cause the population so much trouble, it is a tribute to the people that they have kept their heads up, and soldiered on. I hope that this year they will get exactly what is needed, fresh blood in the government, and the population can then become the great people and nation that they are, interesting history, cheers nell


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kirutaye 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Nell, I'm glad you learnt something new about Nigeria and that it gave you an interest to find out more. That's brilliant.

I also hope that the nation get's the government needed to take it forward to fulfill its latent greatness.

Thank you.


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well how very appropriate to be reading this absolutely pure and magical piece of poetic soul because I am currently listening to a freedom master himself the late great Bob Marley and the Wailers - and both Bob - and you - bring us the gift of 'one love' and peace ----

thanks so much too for supporting my writing and your sincere commnets always inspire me greatly - hope you are well and please keep thinking good thoughts!!!


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uniquewriter 5 years ago from London.UK

Great thought provoking poem.


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kirutaye 5 years ago from London, UK Author

@Epigramman, its great to see you here again. Thank you for your beautiful comment. Bob Marley was a great artiste.

@uniquewriter, thank you for stopping by. See you again soon.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

That is quite a Powerful Tribute to Nigeria's 50 years of Independence...May the people have at least another l00 or more...Thanks for sharing this one with us.


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kirutaye 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Thank you b Malin. We are hoping for many more free years.


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

I friends from Nigeria that remarked on the celebrations and hopes for a new future. I'll steer them to your poem. Thank you for sharing.


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kirutaye 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi A.A., it's great to see you here. Thank you and please share it. See you again soon.


Constantine 3 years ago

Insightful poem. Do not awaken the sleeping giants.


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kirutaye 3 years ago from London, UK Author

Thank you, Constantine. :)

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