Africa Birthed Us

By Okechukwu Princess 5 months ago

Africa birthed us

With dark melanin

And dark keratin

To set us apart,

make us stand out,

Unique in our own way

 

Africa birthed us

With full breast and hips

With strong hands and limbs

Africa birthed us

As wise as could be

Well toiled in all arts

And pure sciences, provided with elements to complete our endowment

 

Africa birthed us

As beautiful as could be,

the wilderness and green,

grown ever so succulently

The animals as numerous

Taken as enemy or friend

 

Africa birthed us

To be wanted yet rejected

To be needed yet neglected

By our own

By aliens

By strangers far and wide

 

Africa birthed us

A bittersweet mother

A bipolar lover

A dependent brother

A treacherous sister

A hen to her chick

A black widow convicted

 

Africa birthed us

With no appreciation

And rejected affiliation

We spat on her face

Stood on our toes looking over the fence for what we did not own

For where we could not belong

We trampled on her love and provision

Left green grass in search of coal tar

Left fresh air in search of canned relief.....

 

Our forefathers warned

The renegades admonished

But alas it is too late

The rebellious children of mama Africa have neglected their mother

Destruction is upon us

In famine and climate change

In global warming and depleting resources

 

Africa birthed us,

Foolish from the womb

Africa taught us,

Deafened by our eyes

Africa weeps for us

The rebellious children

Whom she cared for

Africa birthed us

Yet we declared ourselves

orphans....

_PRINCESS OKECHUKWU

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