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POETRY------Where Are All The Flowers Gone?

9 April 2006 at 07:53 | 453 views

Today is the birthday of one of our Norway correspondents, Mr. Mohamed Boye Jallo Jamboria (photo). We would like to take this opportunity to wish Mr. Jallo Jamboria many more glorious birthdays. Below is a poem written by Jallo Jamboria to celebrate his birthday. He is 51.

Reflections: Where Are All the Flowers Gone?

(A Dedication to the suffering masses of Sierra Leone on my birthday; My People caught up in the War of the Dogs)

By Mohamed Boye Jallo Jamboria, Norway

Fifty plus years ago was a day of joy for and to my recent ancestors

Fifty years plus have I been in spiritual pain asking all but one question;

Why the hell was I born in this Dog eating Dog World; Why so mean is man?

Fifty years plus ago was there plenty in the land, meant for plenty from the ages

The land where lack should be a story not a reality; Alas made to want by lack of wits, out of tune, off beat with but freaky vibes and hypes to keep the going always tough on the weak!

Fifty years ago plus was there plenty; of water, food and nature’s provisions

Fifty years ago plus had there been no material plans for a leveling of the scope,

A scope for all by all and to all; now brought about by dopey dudes claiming to be redeemers.

Dudes who cannot redeem themselves but seeking to redeem a land lain to waste by their acts!

Oh, how I remember the days of old! Up in the mornings at five, out to the Songo train we go,

With assortment of wares to stock Dove Court and other market places; and all was plenty!

Bundles and Batas of foofoo, kablai, kayoka, ehmuna, ogiri, shagba and what have you!

Rice three cups for ten cents, palm oil five cent for pint, kayoka one cent for tie, awefu five for one cent, pepper one cent for shuku blai;every home eats well every day, but now how often?

Fifty years ago plus it seemed like heaven here but woe now straddles the land, people wasting by the day,

From lack not only of want but want of worth; wasting away so that the Dogs will eat

And we, we have to but learn the dog game; to scavenge and loot all with or without will!

When will this all pass? For how long do we have to wait for that light, that day?

Or is it only on the day of second coming of the messiah? Where is our Moses, our Isaiah, our Jesus Christ or our prophet Mohamed? Or do we have to follow the new prophets of dialectic materialism; preachers of the Dog eat Dog philosophy having different gods for different purposes, yet seeking but one ; material domination through mental domination?

When is emancipation day? Who is going to emancipate who? How will emancipation look?

Do we need a Foday Sankoh, a Charles Taylor and Global Policing Nations, to eat every day?

Where are all the flowers gone that I and I should be so deep and so lost in vain?

Or is just a bad day? Are we taking one down? When will it all end and how?

Are you politicians forgetting that you will pass here but once?

Or do you keep the belief that the magic is lost, that you don’t care any more?

All we’re saying is give love and peace a chance!

You keep a passion that is of remorse, you keep thinking that all is lost because you’ve had a bad day with life; now is the moment that we need you most! Stand up for life! Stand up for hope! Stand for and celebrate humanity for once, stop singing the sad song!

Stop the witch hunts, the mongrelling and start the treasure hunt for humanity’s sake!

Before you were there was and after will be! You‘re but mere players on this cosmic stage!

Remember the greats of old; Solomon, Ghingis Khan, Caesar, Napoleon, Mohamed Askia,

Did they live forever? Do you want the same, to be in the Hansards as plunderers of the weak?

When are we going to begin this big task of making the world a better place for all?

When will we begin to think of our posterity and not of our hostilities to one another?

For how long will this dog eats dog game last and who will begin the demise of it all?

When will you learn that it is best to have the world than all the silver and gold and no one?

CELEBRATE HUMANITY!

CELEBRATE BY DOING THE GOOD AND BRING BACK THE FLOWERS OF LIFE!!!!

TAKE A STEP TOWARDS LEAVING YOUR FOOTPRINTS ON THE SANDS OF TIME!!

FOR FROM DUST ARE THOU AND TO DUST WILL THOU RETURN,

AND YOU WILL BE JUDGED

NOT BY YOUR TREASURES BUT BY YOUR WORKS!!!

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