For our Country(A poem)

So in the spirit of independence day, I asked my friend and poet extraordinaire, Luke to do a piece and he did! Enjoy!

Arise O compatriots!
In selfsame manner as kings on chariots
Stand in defence of thy fortress tall
Wherein lie thy treasures great and small
For far too long thou hast laid down in silence
Or spoke with an air of indifference
Arise from the bed blessed with sloth
Your goods are threatened by rot and moth

To serve our fatherland
By the integrity of thy right hand
Nay be it that thou shalt have no home
Why intend building thy house on loam?
In a bid to quell thine own thirst
Thou wouldst subject thy brethren to die first
The land is ours and ours eternally
Let not thine own people grieve bitterly

The labour of our heroes shall never be in vain
With faith, our actions will be for a greater gain
A hero’s sweat and blood will not be futile
If we refrain from placing ourselves on exile
And though volcanoes blow and hearts melt
We would employ bravery for a belt
In recognition of the industry of our forefathers
We shall not leave our nation in tatters

One nation bound in freedom
All of us — not only those we give a warm welcome
By virtue of the diversity of tongues and origins
There is a difficulty in the pardoning of sins
But in acknowledgement of one another’s unique abilities
We’d be in abundance of good qualities
Then, at this point of reality
We can safely stay in peace and unity.

© Luke Ogar

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Olamide says:

    Lovely poem Luke, thanks for writing for our country.


  2. adedayo10 says:

    Nice one luke….


  3. Luke Ogar says:

    I can’t seem to comment this time. All the same, thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. nezeyi says:

    This is a good one, Luke. Well done. I particularly like the way you have woven the lines of our national anthem into the stanzas. Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

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