Legacy Pledge

 

Excerpt from the poem ‘My African Dream’

by Um’Khonde Habamenshi

 

I do not bring you any gold or any precious stones,

Only my poetry and my drums to sing your song.

But with my poetry and with my drums,

If you let me,

I will rebuild the ruins of your stolen life.

 

With my poetry and with my drums,

I will clean your wounds with healing waters

And rub your feet with scented oils.

I will carry you on my shoulders

Through the days when you are so tired,

You almost give up.

 

I will build you a monument

More beautiful than Ethiopian marble

And more precious than Tanzanite,

Ny’Ebisu By’Emisango,

Black and blue like a moonless night.

 

 
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