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My Country, My Delta

Updated on January 25, 2019

Oil rich, a place coveted,

Balanced, delicately blanketed.

Seas, Oceans, rivers and creeks

not a few, just not the "styx"

Enveloped with greenery

Lush with thriving shrubbery

The Mangrove - a Local's delight

The Seafood - a test of his fishing might!

A place of serenely riotous weather:

HMM! My Niger Delta!!



Oil spills -  a land polluted;

Foreign feet, its beauty, desecrated.

The black Gold - luxuriant, a-plenty!

The "rapists" - much more than "thirty"

A land despoiled by installments

Sold to assuage our greedy intents.

Blood spilled in defence of Mother Nature

Turned our land into a militant enclosure

Sure enough - there's the abuse of power

AH! My Niger Delta!!




Oil-sapped - that is a future envisaged

If this land continues to be pillaged

Education - a luxury one too many

Clean water - not a drop to help the thirsty

Within is the sound of lethal gunfire

Without, the government's promises on a funeral pyre

Gone is the light of hope in a child's eyes

Rampant, the growth of our Leaders' lies

False promises spew daily from those who would be in power

OH! My Niger Delta!!

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    • minakay profile imageAUTHOR

      The Rev. Kelechi Timothy Francis 

      9 years ago from Rivers State, Nigeria

      Thanks, my big brother. It was a relief to meet a Naija made beloved in the house.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      10 years ago from Lagos

      So true a poem. I surely wish that he who purged our stomach with raw food, allow us take the antidote for cure. The cries of our people has left scars on the face as a result of tears. We hope for the hand of God. Keep praying for salvation. Thanks for that beauty of a piece

    • minakay profile imageAUTHOR

      The Rev. Kelechi Timothy Francis 

      10 years ago from Rivers State, Nigeria

      Yes, Vietnamvet68, not just the governments. The government is made up of individuals: men and women who could not handle the sudden wealth they see.

      Arb, my brother, God bless you.

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      arb 

      10 years ago from oregon

      Hello Minakay! A truly wonderful write. Greed spurs the money mongers, it did in the temple, it does in our hearts and it will in the jungle.

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      vietnamvet68 

      10 years ago from New York State

      so true my friend and beautiful write, false promises and lies from ALL the governments of the world, they take for the rich and to heck with the rest of us. God Bless us one and all, the world is in such turmoil and will only get worse.

      God Bless

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