I’M A BOY, AND IT’S MY DAY

I’m a BOY,
It’s my DAY,
I’m a VOICE,
I’m HOPE,
HOPE for the world,
I’m HEAD,
I’m SERVICE,
SERVICE to GOD,
And His HUMANITY,
My family and community.

I’m a BOY,
It’s my DAY,
I’m STRONG,
Yet TENDER,
I’m BOLD,
Yet KIND-HEARTED,
I’m RESILIENT,
Yet CALM,
I’m RESOURCEFUL,
Yet PATIENT,
I’m EXPOSED,
Yet DISCIPLINED,
I’m INFORMED,
Yet HUMBLE

I’m a BOY,
It’s my DAY,
I am a DAD,
I am the FATHER,
I FATHER men
And women too.
I run HOMES,
And CORPORATIONS too,
I LEAD NATIONS,
And CONTINENTS.

I’m a BOY,
It’s my DAY,
I’m TODAY and TOMORROW,
The totality of the INVESTMENTS you make
And the ones you fail to make TODAY.

I’m an AFRICAN BOY,
It’s my DAY,
I FEEL yet EXCLUDED,
I’m NOT in the DAY
From all I SEE,
The NEGLECT,
The bleeding RAPE of my INNOCENCE,
The TREATMENT I receive from you,
Failed SOCIAL PROTECTION POLICY,
Denied RIGHTS and PRIVILEGES,
The war on EDUCATION.

I’m an AFRICAN BOY,
It’s my DAY,
In HOPE and against HOPE,
I call upon you DUTY BEARERS,
Invest in ME,
Invest in TODAY,
Invest in the FUTURE,
Invest in your TODAY,
Invest in your FUTURE.
TODAY’S INVESTMENT is your TOMORROW’S SECURITY,
TODAY’S NEGLECT is your TOMORROW’S INSECURITY.

I’m an AFRICAN BOY,
It’s my DAY,
I REJOICE,
I CELEBRATE.

© Taiwo AKINLAMI
Nigeria
May 16, 2019

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