Our spirit

Annie Spratt-aec38ff9

It’s in us,

the ability to spring back up and flourish like palms even where we should drown.

it’s in us,

it’s in our superficial strength, the first that met us thought us machines, used and abused but still too weak to hold the frown.

It’s in us,

from our home, the very mother of civilization, even though the story has been turned to paint us shame and fame who stole the crown

It’s in us,

in our hearts, big enough to know that it is only the mother who is able to forgive her children even with more wrongs than she can count 

It’s in us,

the ability to look in the eye the stranger who sacrificed the meaning of the lives of our father, mothers, brothers, sisters, children, the old and young of our kin alike, and say hello with the warmest smile. Not because we forget too easy, but maybe we suffered so much to understand it is our place to bring redemption. 

It’s in us,

the pain, the hurt, the anger, burnt heart, broken visions, sold hope, slavery’s sting, the stigma of our skin,

the tears, the fear, despair the feeling of being withheld,

rejected, taunted, under appreciated, underestimated. 

it’s in us

the evidence of building the very foundations of world and also the images of our ancestors fighting slow cold wars as they try to find their feet on the watery foundations of the see bed, when they counted one too many or too brave to still journey 

it’s in us

the first offsprings of nature, the ones where the wells never dry, the truly blessed, it is in this we’ve found solace 

it’s in us

is in the wisdom of our old, more valuable than the finest stone, it is the laughter of our children as they play 

it’s in us

to turn all these pain to power, to accept our power. To give our love in the purest form, regardless of who has hurt us, because love is the greatest weapon.

it’s in us

to win, to conquer, to never be left under. It’s peace, it’s love, it’s a new hope, deeply rooted in our minds as a reminder that we are the future.

it is us

it is our spirit 

it is Africa 

the future…

 


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