photograph by Guy Buttery


I would like to grow
In the early morning of the day
When the sun is still asleep
And the wind is far away
Then I will sing a song
Of the hunters in the bush
And I will dance and dance
To the melody of my voice

And I will grow
In the early days of my life
When kids still lick their fingers
And the old still sit under the trees
I will follow through every farm
And collect every fruit
I will eat half of each
Then send all the other halves home
To tell my people I am fine

I will grow on time
When the bananas are still unripe
When the sun is not yet set
For the farmer to spread his hay
I will go along with my cassava
And eat from my pot of clay
I will play hide and seek
All alone in my world
And I will write poems on my palm
To tell my people I have grown.

about the poet:
Sa’id Sa’ad is a poet, short story writer and an essayist. He lives in Maiduguri where he writes. He is an award winning short story writer and essayist. His short story ‘My Narrow Escape From the Gloom’ won the Peace Panel Short Story Prize in 2018. He receives essay awards including Nigeria Film Corporation Essay Competition 2018 and Shortlist in Positive Naija Essay Competition 2017. His Works were published in Huda Magazine and The Giant Pen. He coauthored the poetry book Reunion and is presently working on his debut ‘Tearful Tales’.

about the photographer:
Guy Buttery is a highly acclaimed South African musician and creative. He is also a great lover of nature. This photo is one he took at Kululapa-indi-bos, Karkloof in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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