Nov 14, 2006

Gold from the stone by Ethiopian Poet Lemn Sissay

As part on the ongoing debate over Madonna's adoption of an African boy, the BBC had an interesting conversation with Ethiopian poet, playwright and author Lemn Sissay who was adopted by a white family in England. He is against the Madonna's adoption but I liked his poem titled Gold from the stone, so here it's:

Gold from the stone

Gold from the stone
Oil from the Earth
I yearned for my home
From the time of my birth

Strength of a mother's whisper
Shall carry me until
The hand of my lost sister
Joins onto my will

Root to the earth
Blood from the heart
Could never from birth
Be broken apart

Food from the platter
Water from the rain
The subject and the matter
I'm going home again

Can't sell a leaf to a tree
Nor the wind to the atmosphere
I know where I am meant to be
And I can't be satisfied here

Can't give light to the Moon
Nor mist to the drifting cloud
I shall be leaving here soon
Costumed, cultured and crowned

Can't give light to the Sun
Nor a drink to the sea
The Earth I must stand upon
I shall kiss with my history

Sugar from the cane
Coal from the wood
Water from the rain
Life from the blood

Gold from the stone
Oil from the earth
I yearned for my home
From the time of my birth

Food from the platter
Water from the rain
The subject and the matter
I'm going home again
Gold from the stone
Oil from the earth
I yearned for my home
From the time of my birth

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3 comments:

Wouter Bos said...

Islam has nothing to offer to the world. It is indeed an evil force.

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