I envision, Salone will rise and blaze again
A dedication to Sierra Leoneâ€™s 49th Independence Anniversary
of enticing mountainous horizon, blazes with flames that
seduce suitors all around the world, admiring this Mecca.
Its courageous lion-hearted people, blooming with love,
seam tapestry of compassion, knitted with sympathy and
empathy: desire democracy by ballot not bullet of despot.
At treacherous road, gangsters plundered the motherland.
Idols of stature who didnâ€™t wear patriotism like costumes
Their devotion to duty ripened well toward Mama Salone
Evergreen memories of them linger in our heart and soul.
griots, cultural dancers would inspire patriotism as fragrance
reciting, crafting poetry as prayers for cleansing, soaring into
the realms above. As justice rolls down as righteousness and
peace as Great Scarcies River. I hope folks feel wanted again.
Let Sierra Leoneans be Sierra Leoneans again, day and night
becoming that dream weâ€™ve eternally dreamed of, wailed for.
I disdain infidels conniving, while tyrants scheme for power.
disenchanted by diabolic and viral politics ailing the homeland.
While those hopelessly poor muddle within Kroo Bayâ€™s sewage.
Iâ€™m a pulsating voice speaking out for the forgotten and trodden
Orphan-kids left homeless and without education and decent life.
Salone could do so much better, in saving children from sinking.
As we celebrate a milestone of freedom, letâ€™s unlock the mental,
economic and social chains of blindness hunting our compatriots.
Then, a united and selfless nation will blaze into Lion Mountain.
Roland Bankole Marke Â© 2010
Roland Bankole Marke is a Sierra Leonean writer, the author of Teardrops Keep Falling, Silver Rain and Blizzard, and Harvest of Hate: Stories and Essays (Fuel for the Soul). His website: www.rolandmarke.com. Phone: 904-645-5738: email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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