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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?

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Oliver O. Mbamara © 2014
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Oliver O. Mbamara is an attorney, poet, filmmaker, and actor. For more on Oliver, please visit www.olivermbamara.com

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 Oliver O. Mbamara is an attorney, poet, filmmaker, and actor.

For more on Oliver, please visit www.olivermbamara.com

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