#29. Let’s Take it to the Minister!
Day 13. NaPoWriMo- Celebrate Poetry, All Month Long!
Poem: Let’s Take it to the Minister.
Many of your kind have come and gone
We’ve heard of them all, we’ve known some
Yet you have chosen to come to us
Of your own free will, not by a dictator’s force
Many administrations in the past have promised and failed
They raise our hopes and then cruelly bury them in coffins, tightly nailed
Oh sir, you are clearly heaven-sent
And we believe this time it’ll be different
We are certain that this time you’ll see us through
We hear you’re a minister of words and actions too!
You come to see an institution once grand, now a mess
Indeed, our wants are few and our needs are even less
A games court we need dear sir
To turn our amateurs into superstars
And bring fulfilment to every little girl’s dream
And if you may throw in a borehole for clean water
We’ll be finally stop drinking from the Nsugbe stream
And be free of this vile liquid laden with amoeba!
We hope for security for students, teachers and coaches
For fumigated grounds, free of snake-lizards and roaches!
Our libraries are bare and we so love to read and explore
So grant our humble wishes, and our former glory do restore
Indeed sir, of the many of your kind who have come and gone
Trust-worthy, honourable and accountable? We dare say none!
Nothing beyond the site tours, photos ops and the welcome speeches
Beyond the beautiful egedege dances, poetry recitals and musical acts
They were all a charade of government sycophants, side-kicks and leeches
They come here with empty sweet words and greedily chop our allocation
We are thankful that you are a man who values education and skillful vocation
With an open heart you’ve chosen to come to us,
In your spirit, we find nothing hidden, and nothing sinister
With confidence, with one voice, pro unitate, we finally say: Let’s take it to the minister!
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