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                                           Nigeria ?

                            We've come this far.
                            From blank calendars
                            with 'Apollo'-loaded eyes,
                             As it seemed,
                            when we saw things in blue-on-black.

                            This far we've come,
                            gazing at tomorrow's hopes
                            Boldly. With Agama-Lizard affirmation,
                            since we can feel the dreams.

                            We have come far also
                            from another age
                            of chain and fetter culture,
                            when dependence enslaved men.

                            "yes!" we have come through
                            from battle sweating and pounding headache
                            with joy mixed with sorrows,
                            And silver linings appearing in dark night,
                            though we still prey on ourselves.

                            We've come this far, no doubts,
                            By fate and faith.
                            As the trigger country
                            of the rifle-shape continent;
                            We call the shots of black civilization
                            by Geography, Map reading, destiny, gift of nature, divine favor.
                            And whether we live it or not,
                            destiny's call is loud and clear.
                            And we must answer on judgement day,
                           "what happened to your destiny?"

                            But we've come indeed from afar,
                            to a garden of money trees
                            where there are no goats.
                            Indeed we're slashing highways out of forests
                            with tireless continuity.
                             Farther and farther.  

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  1. Date: 9/15/2012 11:04:00 PM
    Lucky,, Congratulations in Debbie's " Let's Get Serious " awesome contest. ~ :-) always a pleasure in reading all winners when I get the chance. super xox's from~ PD

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 9:04:00 PM
    A very serious poem indeed and so well done. Very revealing poem about your homeland, Lucky. Congrast on your win.

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 6:37:00 AM
    Congratulations on your super win in this contest "Let's Get Serious" Lucky. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 2:37:00 PM
    Congrad's on your Serious verse winning. This is an important issue to draw attention too. Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 10:39:00 AM
    Wonderful piece,Lucky...Congratulations on your HM in this contest,my brother....

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 6:22:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poetry and your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 11:40:00 AM
    Thank you soo much for the entry. It's a sin what the oil companies are doing to the Niger Delta. Light & Love

  1. Date: 8/25/2012 12:46:00 PM
    building a nation,great write Lucky

  1. Date: 8/23/2012 9:55:00 PM
    A passionate poem from you, son of the soil. You have great love and concern for your country as shown here. this might be a good one for the Visceral contest!