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My root by Akinwale Peace

Akinwale Peace

My root.

I was born where the soil is older than people,
I was born where the soil wraps people with cool warmth.
I was born where some grow old like hills and mountains,
I was born where people work for people and still
beg with sweet sweat to feed on tokens of their sweat,
I was born where sun burns like a second soft skin.

When sun rises from his sleeps, Baba prays for me,
When the sun is weak, mama's hut is my palace.
She prays for me; prays I find my way to make my way.
Her tears saw me, her dry tears prayed; "I find my way."
When the sun is dead, stories of coward bravery
is what makes my heart rise as the day falls and die.

I was born where heroes are gods,
I was born where sad joys compete with dusts,
I was born where giving up never gives up.
I was born where we like no one but everyone,
I was born where no one likes us but wants us,
I was born where black blood is as diamond.

"words from the innocent mind'
             Philip Peace

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