Social Justice Poetry

Okeme Jerome

Arise Oh Africa (AOA) | A Social Justice Poem by Okeme Jerome

Arise from the valley of bitterness, oh Africa!
Arise to the peak of sweetness.
Let war peacefully sleep on
As peace sings the lullaby.

The heart of my stomach gladdens
When the stomach of my heart is filled.
Filled with the hope that Africa is rising
Rising like the morning sun and not setting.
Springing forth fresh fruits
Like trees beside the river.

The rivers are not just quenching our thirst
But drowning our fear by sailing away our sorrow.
Our tongues are filled to the brine
With testimonies calling for celebration
Feeding hungry ears with good news.

To keep hope alive
Is to live a life of hope.
Of hope stronger than the suicide rope.
Of hope telling you there’s always honey in the bee hive.

So, Arise oh Africa!
Pick up your sleeping mat.
Get out of the dark for the day is bright
Brighter than the street lights at night.

Let’s Make a Bonfire | A Social Justice Poem by Okeme Jerome

Come let’s make a Bonfire
And roast our bitter yesterday
To have a tasty ‘moro
Spiced with love and happiness.

Come let’s make a Bonfire
Cast to it our fears
Dry our tears
And tell thoughtful tales as we warm ourselves.

Come let’s make a Bonfire
To dance around, stamping our feet rhythmically
Shaking off our sorrows
As we sing at the top of our voices.

Come let’s make a Bonfire
Large enough to consume our hatred
Transform it to ashes
To be blown away by the hurricane

Come let’s make a Bonfire
Holding hands in unity
Lighting the world with our smiles
And chasing grudges with great laughters.

Come let’s make a Bonfire
And roast our bitter yesterday
To have a tasty ‘moro
Spiced with love and happiness.