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POEM: At Retirement age, Mama Salone seeks redress

POEM: At Retirement age, Mama Salone seeks redress

Exactly two scores and two decades

Mama Salone left her colonial cage

Untied the slavery chain

And finally gained her golden freedom

Controlled not, by colonial fathers

She still dances to their tunes

Recalling her youthful days

Mama Salone was applauded for natural looks

Beautifully dressed with many goods

She attracted foreign admiration

Relentlessly fought

like a wounded tiger

Until she escaped from the wrath of her wicked master

With so much appraisals

Her unmatched beauty and cutie

Mama Salone was indeed pretty

Restoring her past glory

One time ‘Anthens of West Africa’

Such loyalty and royalty  now remain a history

Her first kids were quite patriotic

Unlike the lastborn who are so pessimistic

Dear Mama Salone,

I must commend your motherly pains,

the slavery canes

You smashed down colonialism

Kicked away imperialism

Conquered civil war

Then came an epidemic

Now a global Pandemic


As you grow your grandkids

Encourage them to fight corruption and misappropriation

Discourage them from favouritism and nepotism

Tribalism and regionalism….

For they have brought down the Lion Mountain

Let the old allow the young to grow

And the young support the old to flow

They shame their elders online

They humiliate them ‘big time’

Oh God, protect her in this jungle

She taught us unity, freedom and justice

But yet, our siblings are fond of disunity, mob justice and injustice

Just as we say ‘Mama na wan’

And truly, there is no place like home

We wish you a happy retirement age….


By Sallieu Sankoh (Center)

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