WWN Poetry#Change: If you see her…(A Song For My Motherland).

“Educating our young girls is the foundation for Nigeria’s growth and development.” ~ Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria in Tears Image


Floetry by JulietKego

I lost her some moons ago

We came here together

And indeed I let her have her say

But only one of us emerged stronger

I mourn her loss in a bitter-sweet way

Because I never got a chance to say my good byes

To tell her that the world got it wrong with its lies

She’s neither lacking nor empty, neither broken nor fractured

For in her eyes I see wholeness, completeness and majesty captured

From her toes to the crazy-making pot that’s cooking inside her head

I wish I could go back and tell her of the beautiful road ahead,

So mysterious yet so blindingly glorious!


And so if you ever see her reflected in the eyes of your clients

Or you hear her cries and whispers hidden in a stranger’s voice

Or run into her at a party, on the street or at a meeting

Or in your homes, among family and friends

Or across the room reflected in your mirror…

Be kind to her, be gentle with her,

be patient with her, be there for her

I implore you to hold that sacred space for her

Tell her that I hold no grudge,

and that I forgive and I love her still

Remind her that she did the very best she could

With the tools she had at the time

That I know now that she held on tightly to her pain

Because hidden beneath it was the warm blanket of her secondary gain

Tell her to imagine the joy beyond the deep well of her present sorrow

Tell her I’m grateful to her for who I am now and who I am becoming tomorrow.


Yes, please be very caring, be kind and be gentle with her

When she’s ready, she’ll show up

One day, she’ll get tired of the drama, the story, the struggle and the loop

She’ll show up and she’ll be ready for any test, any ordeal, any hoop

She’ll seek to finally break out and embrace her pain

To pay attention, get the learning and go through the burning flame!

When she arrives, lost and lonely at your doorstep

All broken and bent, do guide her well

And lead her safely with each faltering, failing footstep

Back to the living spring within her spirit, that eternal well

Let her drink of the healing waters of her humanity and divinity

Embracing the God-essence in her, the blessed trinity


She’s so much stronger than she knows

There’s such depth to her than what she shows

In her heart lies an eternal fire nothing can ever kill

She has the power to break through boards and bend steel

Make sure these words to her you do tell

For it will make all the difference

Leading her to claim her magnificence

And I should know for I know her so well

For she was me, and I was her, a lifetime ago, you see

Long before I surrendered the fight

And found my way and embraced my light.


She died that I may be re-born anew and transformed

No, not perfect by any means, not without sins

Simply different today, than I was yesterday

And even tomorrow,  different and better still,

Certain that by his stripes, my soul will always heal

The old things are passed away, never to seek or crave

The old corrupt me, nailed to HIS cross, buried in HIS grave

A KING died for me, can’t you see?

I must LIVE today, free to enjoy life’s sacred synchronicity with new eyes

For I cannot be or do the old me ever again

She’s dead! Long, long gone, destroyed in an instant,

both her corrupt reign and her domain

In that moment when I chose the saviour’s freedom, it was done

I cut off the shackles from the world’s bondage ties and lies

I am a child of this new nation,  finally re-born and transformed!


© Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido

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