Below is the poem entitled PLEDGE OF A YOUTH CORPS MEMBER which was written by poet
Enahoro. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.
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I thought one day to play my part and I was sent
Now I’m in a strange land but not a stranger in the land
We’re gathered here, bearing one purpose in mind
And looking gaily, bright faces, fresh from home
I have been camped here for eighteen days now
I have been equipped and armed to the teeth
With great arms needed for this bloodless war
The nation may not observe what we do today
Our tasks is not to please any, but be just corpers
Dressed in khakis, crested vests and oversized boots
Marching to and fro, under sun’s scorch, like soldiers
Bridging the gaps between villages and government
Preaching the sermon of a better Nigeria to everyone
And just within the spheres of our influence to act
But ask just this one thing from our great nation
The support of our government as it seems right.
If the government too, shall lead by example
In the supreme campaign towards a better Nigeria
We hope to follow each step with all our hearts
And be faithful, loyal and honest
To make a reality, the essence of this scheme.
Though our footsteps make only a light impression on this soil
We shall do our best and wish the government does too
For each small step is a giant leap of growth
And we would fight as true patriots of our dear nation
To defend her unity, uphold her honour and glory
So help us God.