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I am still working on this piece but current event makes it imparative that i share now. You have maybe heard of the Niger Delta and oil, kiddnappings and Militancy.Well I am Nigerian and I speak for Agbala the earth goddess(i think)

I am earth mother
My pain gave you birth
When gnash of teeth
Put blood forth
I stayed near by your side
I am earth mother
My ears heed your pain
When grinding of bone
Mirrors your death
I turned red in homage
I am agbala
The owner of wombs
In me you took refuge
Awaiting your entrance
Into your cruel world
I am earth stead
The giver of care
Who stands tall, Shield to all
Between the devourers fangs
Feeding you from empty pots
Yes, I am earth mother
I it was who laid, spread eagle,
To take your conception
I too, it was who labored
To see you birth
I am earth mother
Yet your turn to me in lust
Asking not my consent
Before defiling me with rape
Years ago it was
When you tore my maiden head
Roughly, without compassion,
Did you use me wantonly,
Fouling my innocence with filth
I am earth mother
Yet my rivers are your dump
To offload all excesses
Destroying the offshoot
Of my life’s tree
You say you seek my essence
Yet abominate my presence
Leaving my children hungry
As you feed your own hunger
I am earth mother
I, it is who gave you breath
Yet you turn my children,
Your brethren, into homeless slaves
Day and night past
I hear their terror
Screaming again to be free
I am earth mother
It is me who gave oil
And other fluids of my bosom
I, it is, who grieves
For my children,
Numberless as they are,
Made to waste in penury
Across the length of the Niger Delta

Submitted: March 13, 2007

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Hi, when I started to read this poem I was getting slightly impatient, didn't know if I was enjoying it but as I went through it I realised how powerful it was. This topic is so difficult to see how we are destroying it all and yet you definitely have the talent to portray this. You write beautifully, the whole poem flowed flawlessly, don't stop.

Tue, March 13th, 2007 8:14pm


Yes, I fully understand. like i told SN it was writen in verse, so i see where your problem started. I hope to edit soon and take care of that.thanks for reading and i hope you will find time to view some of my other works.I sure will seek yours out.

Sat, March 17th, 2007 8:09am

Saturday Night

You my friend are The Lame One. Original and powerful. A work of art with such a powerful meaning! I'm proud of you. SN

Wed, March 14th, 2007 2:08am


THANKS MAN.I actually wrote this in verse form but some how it compacted while uploading.I never thought it will make much sense this way and i was caught up on time so couldn't correct glad you liked it any way...Nice for you to check up on your pals man. i'll be sending you a contribution for your book soon.hope its going well

Sat, March 17th, 2007 8:03am


If you were on a stage performing this I would be the first to stand up and clap....5! Wow..just wow.

Wed, March 14th, 2007 9:31am


Thanks Lewsah, appreciated as always.

Sat, March 17th, 2007 8:15am

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