Yes, I Am A Nigerian

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Yes, I am Nigerian—ZenPens

Yes, I am a Nigerian
By birth and by blood
I opened my eyes in the company of masked aliens that welcomed me
I didn’t know what it meant, but I stayed put and enjoyed the merriment
I guess they were glad that I had completed the target they had set

Yes, I am a Nigerian
By birth and by blood
Grew up among beings called humans
But I still don’t like beans, and they ask “Is she human?”

Yes, I am Nigerian
By birth and by blood
I laid on my tummy on the ground
I spoke gibberish that was understood by my peers, not my parents
I wish I understood the language better
I hope I didn’t curse those that brought me to earth
No, Nigeria

Yes, I am a Nigerian
By birth and by blood
When I hear people say they knew about coming to earth, and told God where they wanted
I wonder,
“Where was I when they met him?”
I would have told him my destination to be the east
Not the east you think
Just East-America, if it exists.

Yes, I am a Nigerian
By birth and by blood
They say we are one and all
One truly hurts, and we don’t all feel the same
We all don’t hurt as God said we should share love

Yes, I am a Nigerian
By birth
I doubt by blood
For my blood has never dropped on its soil
Like men say they are son of the soil
Yes, I am a Nigerian

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Ruth John is a native of Akwa-ibom state. She is a teacher, and a poet. Studied English/social science at Adeniran ogunsanya college of education. A lover of good music, and novels.

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