Okunade Temitope pens the fourth installment of the Guest Crown Art series. Guest Crown Art #4 is a call for change, a genuine plea to the youth from one of us. It will most definitely leave you touched and yearning for change like any true piece of art should be able to do.
Art Form : Poetry
Title : A Message For Today’s Youth
When I see the birds in the sky
I wish I could fly
When I see the cheetahs
I wish I could run as fast
When I see the lions
I wish I could be just as bold
These thoughts begin with
“I wish… ”
So I ask myself, why?
Why do I simply wish
And not actually try
It may be because
I am not who I wish am
Or maybe it’s because
I am not yet who I want to be
We forever continue to discriminate
Why do some people have it so easy?
Waste what they have on useless things
While others suffer, barely feeding on worms.
They waste away, die shamefully.
Why do princes have to be so rude?
Why must princesses be arrogant, selfish and self centered
Do they know they make maids of human beings?
Cruelty, an indifference to suffering
Positive pleasure, inflicting suffering
This has become the theme of society today
Suffering and smiling.
Why do we not stand up to our leaders?
Most of us remain non challant, supporting bad governance
The bribes we let our fingers feel are cankerworms to our soul.
You sell your precious time
Your precious time and great destiny, you sell to greedy leaders .
Mischievous and wicked.
Regardless of their beliefs
At the expense of ignorant citizens
Now youths have also decided to sell their conscience
Joining the bang of people fighting progress
Should we continue like this?
We, the youths must refuse to embrace the ways of our leaders.
We shan’t watch Nigeria burn into ashes with ignorance and shame
It is time to rise up
Go with action, return with victory .
It is time for us to fly like a lark
Run like the cheetahs
And be as bold as the lion
God sparing our lives,
I hope this works?
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