Poems by Students from Ricks Institute

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1) ON THE NIGHT OF SOUND AND TONES
By Patrick Dahn

On the night of sound and tones
My heart beat like a drum
When I heard the cry of EBOLA
Life was at the end of my mind
The city was hot like fire
And the homes were hot like bowl of water
I was thinking all day
Because my mother was at risk
And also my family was at a dead line
Tears were like rain
Pains were almost unbearable
We fasted and prayed all night
My mother was quarantined like a slave
Oh! Oh! Lord
What a terrible pain we bore
As days passed and passed
Life also passed
But because God healed our souls
Our lives were planted again

2) WHY LIBERIA, WHY AFRICA
By Jallah Barbu

If only we knew you were coming
To traumatize our lives
If only we saw the signs
We would have been prepared
But without a sign you came
Oh! Ebola Why??
You took away our pride
Belittled us like rags
Made our lives a stigma
But God was on our side.
People tried to be cautious.
Humans died lending a hand.
Liberians suffered and died.
Africans had a terrible nightmare
Nobody wanted an African Ebola Friend.
Why Liberia, Why Africa?
Liberia, Africa our motherland
Oh! Sweet land with a terrible history
But to God be the Glory Great things He has done.

3) THE TIME HAS COME
By Precious S. Gbollie

Danger has caught up with the daily activities of life.
Fear is our source of livelihood.
Grief is our utterance.
Running away from the bullets of natural weapons.
Tears in the eyes of every mammal
My good Liberia, oh why
Why have you left your children in the hands of unseen enemies?
We have cried, till we are thirsty for freedom
Freedom! from invisible destroyers.
Why? Why?
Divisions among citizens
Aaah ah aah ya!!
A cry from an innocent soul.
Motherless, fatherless
Preparation for the future is abolished.
Life has become unbearable.
But now, is the time for peace to reign.
Sheep cry for the shepherd
No room for happiness
Animals were rejected.
Our future generations are delayed.
Wake up! Wake up!!
Children of this land
Put away your sadness, bitterness, grief, and pains.
The time has come.

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