I SEED BY EREMIPAGHMO PEARL OGUARAH

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I, Seed.
I abide yet alone in the dark
The heaviness of the soil upon my head
So I’ll move towards the light instead
It isn’t the dark I am afraid of
I’m afraid of letting the dark kill my future

 

I, Shoot.
I stand with my leaves stretched towards the sky
At night, I’ll close up and sleep
Allowing my dreams play upon the rhythmic hoot of the Owls’ lullabies
Those dreams that foretell a day I’ll stand tall with full afro foliage
That’ll harbour the nests of noisy little birds and blind black bats
And when the sun wakes in the morn, my structure will be firmer.

 

I, Tree.
I have taken dominion of the ground
The fingers of my roots have dug deep
Into the core of the earth
Holding fast what once held me
With my foliage fuller, my barks firmer
My branches longer and my fruits pleasant
I see people shaking me to dance to the force of their strength
When that fails, their little ones climb up my branches
And most times they sit under my coverage
It’s better than my dreams
I not only house birds and bats
But blind the sun upon humans
Giving them shade, food and fun
I see them approach me
Today with blades that have teeth
They cut me down without any pity

 

I, Shoot.
I Stand upon what was left of my former self
The memory of the buzzing blades cutting through me
Still echoes in my vein
I’d watched my sap gush out in uneven speed
I remember my foliage falling leaving me with no control
Except for the grounds I held fast to
As long as I am connected
I live on
I will grow and regrow and outlive
Those machines designed to pull me down
I am life reoccurring
I seed cannot be uprooted.

 

Written by Eremipaghmo Pearl Oguarah

 

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