Originally written and submitted for The MY HERO Poetry Salon for Social Justice.

Three Poems from Cheikh Darou Seck

by Cheikh Darou Seck from Dakar

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Change came, the skies turned vivid blue
Light chased away the stranded shadows
That painted the frozen rooftops of hope
Of the yearning souls and brave people

The wind listeners heard the whispers
From the eager promises of young hearts
In the enchanted deceitful gatherings
Yes, promises of better tomorrows
And wider skies
And lighter airs
And bigger seas
Where the immortal intrepid sailors
Battled giant creatures of our times

The angels of mercy spread their wings
In myriad colors like crystal diamond
Sowing beautiful seeds of oak trees
Tilling, digging, replanting the globe

Freedom flags waved in the west winds
Conquering the last skeptical spaces
That were lost to the wandering ghosts
When Hope had departed from this Earth

She was there, this little pink fighter
A tiny figure clad in hope and truth
Among the giant villains of today
In the midst of the battleground

With a tong as sharp as a thorn
She bravely spoke to the leaders
Telling a truth that has torn the hearts
Denouncing, accusing, cleansing

Yeah there is still hope
Sufferings can stop
For rebuilding to start
So that laughter and joy
Inseparable as ever
Can return in the hearts
Of the brave people
Living in this Earth


Reach Out And Feel 

Reach out and feel
It is there in the hearts
Invading chests and gutts
Filling the air with glee and joy

Reach out and see
Some light from the ancestors
Whose red earth sodden with tears
Testifies of sufferings and hope
In the aftermath of local battles

Reach out and grab
The roots of hope that were once dark
Nervous and grimy in gloomy days
Yet little rays of light smear the horizon
Reflected shadows under soldiers boots

Reach out and hear
The song of the crow has died in the minds
To be replaced by that of the canary
And there is space for all to breathe
Freedom riding on the silver wings 
Of the immortal and legendary phoenix

Reach out and ride
The Avenues of endless possibilities
Leading to the realm of peace and joy
For all of us and the others to enjoy
Oh yeah, celebrate freedom for all

Reach out and feel
We are all here and not there
Beautiful and proud creatures
Tending, caring and loving
Loving the ones we live with


A Poem to the Long Gone 

When the clouds tell stories of ignorance
And the chosen avant guard is unaware
When birds and fish are no longer at ease
Then sunshine turns into daydreaming.

Rivers of illusions melting in nothingness
And the righteous are justices no more.
The silent sobbing of the wronged ones 
Fills the anxious hearts more than once

When rumours prevail over truthful deeds
And palaver trees are closed to children
With void future from murderous waters
Adventurous seafarers of a new kind
Sailing to the unknown shores of despair

When dancers are faster than drumbeats
Silent wailing deafens unprepared ears.
You may not hear it from your pedestal
But the people cry for social justice.

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Last edited 6/9/2022 12:54:57 PM

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