By Tanimonure Richards Adewale, Ogun State, Nigeria

Child,

you are a sun;

bright path of earth,

to walk the way of light.

in you is the moon

their night seeks so true

of the bright eyes

of freedom.

so,

take from my heart

for this journey you are,

this destiny you traverse;

take; eat deep to embark.

 

the journey is long;

the destination, far.

roses and thorns

are the eyes of your map.

walk as a lion;

tread as a snake;

and if the road be heady,

heaven is the way.

 

a star is a sky

from the dust of the earth.

you will be dirty,

you will be scratched.

 

you will keep on

with this gift, strong.

you must be merry.

you must be joy!

 

you will be burnt;

you will be drowned;

you will be buried;

you will arise!

 

you sure will finish

this road you are.

your sun, so vivid;

your moon so whitish

shall be the crown

earth embraces wide.

 

walk as a lion;

tread as a snake;

you are your father;

you will be great!

 

you are the sun

earth wants to walk;

you are the moon

their night seeks for

the way of redemption,

the way of true freedom.

 

walk as a lion;

tread as a snake;

you are your father;

your star, I await.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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