Poetry and Motivation

Heritage – a poem by Uchenna Chidiebube

Tonight, we gathered like babes,

under the light of the silver crescent.

When the day was worn out

and the sun, weary from the day’s heat.

We sang ancient songs

to the tunes of our forefathers,

and watched our women gyrate

in the dance steps of our mothers.

We drank native wine

from wooden calabash and clay pots

just as our fathers did;

our feet’s thumped against raffia mats

as beads danced on our waists and ankles.

Tonight, I searched the sky for stars

but found none;

so I looked around and saw happy children

chattering, dancing, playing and singing.

Then I knew that what ‘Papa’ and ‘Mama’ taught u

will live beyond this age.

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