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Song From The Heart
Dedicated to this beautiful Soul singing his heart out in the video below
Song From The Heart
It little matters what he sings
For greatly touching is how he sings
It little matters what he wears
For in Soul he’s free of worldly garments
It little matters where he lives
For he dwells in the sacred place of God
And even if the world be filled with strife
He is at peace in the Lord’s abode
It little matters what others think
For he truly sings from a place of love
It little matters that he seems a child
For he is mighty and grown in Soul
It little matters his environment
For great is his blissful state of being
And even if critics find him faulty
He abides under the shadow of God
Unperturbed by the troubling of men
His joy is in the singing of loving tunes
Though he has no gadget or strings to play
His voice is sweet and touched with love
Asking for no rewards in return
He freely sings in joy for all to hear
And even the Lord hearkens to his song
For the Lord knows his heart is pure.
- Oliver Oscar Mbamara – Poems of Freedom
(Dedicated to the “Best Unsigned Singer Ever” posted on Facebook by Steven Jo)
O YOU AMERICA! (From the American Within)
O you America, home of the brave,
Guided on all corners, day and night,
By the Lord’s armor of immortal soldiers,
Gallant men of daring feat and chivalry,
In robes of light and stripes of white,
Crowned in stars and fed in spirit.
Though your foes your surface scratch,
They never shall touch your heart within.
O you America, land of the free,
Your Star Spangled Banner ever waves,
Cheerfully over the terrace of love,
Where all together strive to freely live,
In peace and harmony of brotherhood,
Saluting your symbol of freedom won,
The ever so standing ‘Old Glory’
Of a nation indivisible under God.
O you America, country of God,
In whom we trust, and have our being.
A land rescued by heaven’s hand,
Richly blessed with men and women,
Of color and races variously made,
With talents and wealth equally given.
Even though some may think you foe,
You America, will always be loved.
In your glory, forget not the balance of responsibility,
Even as you lead the march on freedom’s lane.
Oliver O. Mbamara – Poems of Freedom © Sept. 2002 (July 2014) All Rights Reserved
IDENTITY (And History)
Great is our reward when we stand steadfast
To lose not our language nor fail our tongue
To ignore not our mores nor forget our tenets
But to be proud always of our kind and culture.
If one becomes deficient in ancestral content,
Emptied of tenets and history of his own nature,
Lost, astray, wandering, and oblivious of essence,
How would he know to wake and find himself?
If one becomes doubtful of his own nature,
Emptied of believe in his own self and culture
Abandons the heritage that shapes his character,
Can he a different legacy claim with comfort?
If one be not certain of his journey’s origin,
How then can one his destination tell or reach?
To what character or purpose would he suffice?
On what foundation would he build his value?
And if he be not able to answer as asked,
Who then is he?
ABOUT THE POET: Oliver Oscar Mbamara is an Attorney, a published writer, poet, playwright, and an award-winning actor and filmmaker. For more on Oliver please visit: www.olivermbamara.com