Envied Old Granny

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Africa is compared to an old granny who is envied by outsiders. Africa has gone through various hardships and all these are awful in the eyes of humans (granny). From the creation of the world,
through slavery, colonization, independence and civil war until the constitution change that is en vogue today. But there is hope something will change if the Book (constitution) can be respected.

Submitted: September 30, 2017

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Submitted: September 30, 2017



Envied Old Granny


I am Africa, that old but envied Granny

Since Adam and Eve, I lived many moons

Many greed what the Creator gave me

He crafted me with valuable stones and beauty

He made me natural, proud and virgin

Stamina he gave me to feed my people

Long peace, I dream for my family


I am Africa, that black desired Granny

But I have been pillaged, wounded  

My guts and people agonized

My family got split by blizzards

Now I am crying for my generations

Our history has been stolen or buried

But I am tireless to recover it; I am prolific


I am that envied and sleepless Granny

I am saddened foes invaded our land

They are stealing family children to trade them

They resettle them far away in deserts

To sleep, they weave nests in plantations

There I will no more see them

The huts and families they left miss them

Still, I am that courageous and coveted Granny

Although invaders reached our plots

To rape our bodies, souls and lands

We claimed here and there; we were killed

Our blood shed, but we got freedom

We sang, clapped hands and danced for joy

I know my sons are on power


Being that determined wakeful Granny

I thought we could repair the damages

And sing the song of peace universally

Alas, my brood grew Cain and Abel

They started eating one another

Spears and arrows spoke in villages

So I became more morally hurt than ever


And today as we all are around the fire

A reminder to you with a people’s drum  

Beat the barrel not to alter our Book

Beat it to eschew hatred and spears 

Beat it to trigger committed toil and unity

Beat it for the sun is shining tomorrow

My legacy to you all: RESPECT THE BOOK.


Poem by Mugisho N Theophile

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