Today is World Poetry Day. For the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), “World Poetry Day celebrates one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression and identity. Practiced throughout history – in every culture and on every continent – poetry speaks to our common humanity and our shared values, transforming the simplest of poems into a powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace.”
Today is a day to honor poets and celebrate a beautiful art that encourages individuals to express themselves by putting down their thoughts on paper or expressing it through song, dance and theater.
In the spirit of this day and to also just show off the poets whose work we have featured, here are some of our favorite lines from poems that celebrate both negative and positive aspects of the African spirit and experience.
As the sun goes down
another burden on my back
drought, hunger, thirst and bad luck
Another gets shot on a muddy track
as they move about to acquire a snack
As the sun goes down
I hope and pray that the night will give me a break
We were born Kings and they called us peasants and we believed them. We became beggars of our own freedom. Took on poverty and wore it as a cloak because we believed that as our state of being. We became what we believed.
Your last name is my first name, we have many names, some call me mother, some call me Home, some call me Wakanda.. but I am all of these things..
I am Africa and I am the Garden of Eden.
My world was small but full of happiness
Life was young and flattering like a butterfly
Waking up to the bells and sweet call to prayer
From school to home life was mobile and sound
You’re associated with the meaning of growth, harmony,
Freshness, safety, fertility, and environment
Proud you should be for we’re your pillar
The footprints of our mother city
Oh Africa my ever joy, my hero
We are the creators of civilization, yet our seat on our throne was pillaged by the students, we let into our home without prudence. Oh you of henna Chroma, you cast of auburn, resume your place among those who assume their great, know yourself and awake, awake, awake.
I have betrayed you
and I don’t know if I can see my way out.
I have forgotten you
and thus forgotten me.
You make me who I am and I long for us to reconnect.
Featured image | Trust “Tru”” Katsande | unsplash
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