they are proud

Rain pours abundatly, nowhere to go. Puddles of water aoo over the roads.

Fireflies, shimmers, whhile mosquitoes buzz around their ears.

Enormous houses up the mountains with several rooms in sight, iron gates and carved doors.

yet others have none.

Mangoes, bananas, avocados,
scattered on the ground
as they pass through the plantations.

Yet people are famished.

Proud of their country.

Proud to see the first black
country to celebrate
200 years of independence.

Yet we are still fighting.

What have we achieved?

Not much some would say.
A roof over our heads,
food to eat, and water to drink.

It's meager for some,
yet others have none.

Without any struggle, there is no life.
we should put our knowledge,
our experiences, our hands together,
to help our country be what it was before.

To make our ancestors proud, of removing us from slavery.

Let's dance the Ibo dance,
like they dance,
when they had victory.

We are proud.

yes,
We must unscramble the puzzle.

It is not facile, with useful skills,
we will prevail.

Margarette Rose Peck
2004

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