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Weep No More, Niger Delta!

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Weep No More, Niger Delta!

Like the days of invasive explorers, your plight commenced
You went explosive with yields of unrestrained wealth
Dishing out involuntarily, streams of the inflammable oil and gas
From your natural reservoir, they flowed relentlessly
Filling the insatiable pockets of merciless exploiters
And saves of ambitious tyrants with abyss of desires

When the rain washed through you into the ocean
It saturated their evaporated poison, to your detriment
It rendered uninhabitable, your courses and earth
To flora and fauna, flourishing for your sustenance
And in squalor, you watched your trove emptied to itching laps
And helplessly, you watched your pride develop wings and flew

Because your sons swam in despair and self-pity
They became agitated, restive and mutinous
In attempt to protect and resuscitate your emptied chest
They sank you further into undeserving disgrace
Even your daughters, in shameful act, they marred your pride
Like a frustrated childless widow, you mourned your future

Behold a new dawn, fresh with dewy hope, Niger Delta
Behold your children - calm, sober and improvising
The land and sea in joint effort are returning your glory
With remorse your exploiters are returning
And in search of your face for reconciliation and favour
To your sudden elevated height, they flock to pledge allegiance

Weep no more, treasure trove of a giant -giant of Africa
Weep no more, splendour of a jewel - jewel of Africa
Weep no more, Niger Delta!

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  1. Date: 11/22/2010 3:50:00 AM

    Akunna, i am Charles melody (lightening ink), a Nigerian like you. thank you for the enlightenment about our troubled Niger delta region. I am a Nigerian like you. Let the world know about our plight. super talent you have in your ink.

  1. Date: 11/15/2010 1:24:00 PM

    Wow! A strong write, enjoyed the deep thoughts you have here for us to read,, very thought provoking,, makes me think! Have a nice one,..p.d.

  1. Date: 11/13/2010 4:58:00 PM

    A great write on the Nigerian oil producing area, Akunna

  1. Date: 11/13/2010 2:28:00 PM

    This poem is dedicated to the south-southern part of Nigeria; especially the oil-producing area popularly known as Niger Delta.