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Inspiration

Ode to Him

The Promise

Ode to him
Criss-crossed pathways
Across oceans and trade ways
Divided arbitrarily by lines
On rectangular shapes
Mimicking a vast circulitude

No matter the fortune
Of their tongues emanating
Tones of respective continents
We must love the hues

The inception
Central in nature
The clutching Roots existence
Questioned by evergreen leaves

The inception
Central in nature
The clutching roots presence
Doubted by evergreen Leaves

Leaves with their tempting the Sun
With beautiful promises
With light as the currency
Of exchange

The contentions
The questions
And so…

We promise
African Man

To be the bark inbetween

We promise
African Man

To mediate between the Leaves and your Roots

We promise
African Man

As descendents
We must love the hues
the internal soul
the external soul
Within

-Kadijah Ndoye

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