Africa's Plea

mayaonline
mayaonline / Blog / 6 yrs ago /
  8




Hi folks,
Below is a poem I had read somewhere as a young girl, luved it and copied it down. I have browsed thru it now and then and dug it up again today for a friend's daughter for her recitation competition. Just wanted to share this with you all too.... for the fantastic theme that is universal..


Africa's Plea
- Roland T.D


I am not you -
but you'll not
give me a chance,
will not let me be me.

If I were you -
but you know
I am not you,
yet you will not
let me be me.
You meddle, interfere
in my affairs
as if they were yours
and you were me.

Your are unfair, unwise,
foolish to think
that I can be you,
talk, act
and think like you.

God made me me.
He made you you.
Let me be me
for God's sake!


mayaonline / / 6 yrs ago
mayaonline

hi anni,
u mean u r doing a report on this poem?
well, the background of this poem is a colonized africa where the whites had colonized many african countries for their own benefit of getting raw materials & finally selling the finished products. the whites always thot that they were the 'civilized' people & that its ther duty 2 civilize the native barbarians!! (they did not realise that every culture is formed according 2 the climate, environment, vegetation, etc. and no civilization is good or bad. every civilization formed the best of their own ways to live in peace with their environment). so the english too it upon themselves to civilize the natives. this poem is written in protest 2 that. nobody can make another person exactly like him. that man has his reason to b who he is & its foolish trying 2 make someone b like u. the same goes with cultures. whats attractive about this poem is that its a universal theme. be it between a man & man or woman or man or country & country, anything... it is not a bright idea 2 try & make another like u....
i hope this is satisfactory.


annikalapidario / / 6 yrs ago
annikalapidario

..pls help me xplain ds poem..i hve to report n this poem and i rily need a lot of help..pls..


mayaonline / / 6 yrs ago
mayaonline

mrs muffet, neha, ds,
yes, its so meaningful that it had touched my young heart and has remained in it 4 so long.... so very true in any kind of relations, between people, countries, cultures, whatever....


DSampath / / 6 yrs ago
DSampath

dear mayaoonline..
 we spnd our 
lifetime in 
trying to 'change others..
and this is in reply to that...


neha_wagh / / 6 yrs ago
neha_wagh

hey maya...

thanks for sharing this one!!!

its the crux of life and realtions i feel...

we all let all be...just be....

love,
neha


Mrs Muffet / / 6 yrs ago
Mrs Muffet

dear ehsaas,

how meaningful ....isn't it ? life is always better with space....

god made me me.
he made you you.
let me be me
for god's sake!


mayaonline / / 6 yrs ago
mayaonline

yup, i have always luved that line.... this is so universal...


sanghouston / / 6 yrs ago
sanghouston

that was a good one maya!!! let me be me ... for god's sakes!!