Poem: You are not young South Sudan
By Akol Arop Akol
Be mature South Sudan
There is time for everything.
Time for misunderstanding has passed
Time for showing selfishness and braveness has gone
Time for siting down to watch world’s movies is over
It is the time to open your mouth and talk
South Sudan you stop scrawling, stand up and walk
You are not minor because you are 6 years old now
The world is calling you the youngest child in Africa
And also saying you are not developed
Do not belittle yourself; Wash away the blames and shames
Take this chance for doing an adult’s duties
Ideology of youngness is creepy. No more senseless talking
You be doing great actions.
Who will fetch water for you when thirsty?
Who will cultivated crops and cook for you?
Open your eyes and see, open your heart and ear
What is world saying about you?
What are the souls of martyrs saying?
What is God who granted your right saying?
You are not young, don’t keep quiet but you have a voice
Your sickness and troubles are not someone’s problems
The confusions and conflicts you created are upon your neck
And the faults, curses and disappointments fall onto you
Never be a slave of idleness and laziness
Do not think of begging, robbing or smuggling
Go to school and learn new things
Go to church and pray to God
Rear your animals and grow your crops
Go to the market and start trading
You are rich with natural resources
Just exploit and use them for development
Allow peace in your heart and everything will be smart
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