Treasure Island

Moses Kainwo

(26th April 1955 / Freetown, Sierra Leone)

A TEACHER’S PRAYER


God protect me from myself
The cliff of my ignorance
Pretends joy beyond the edge
But I see the dangerous cracks
In bottles of foolhardiness
O Lord save me from myself

Sometimes I feel I’m wisest
Even in my ignorance
I will pose like Steve Hawkings
Or speak like Daddy Shakespeare
Yet hurtle down like Hate’s spear
Lord protect me from myself

Sometimes I spit spurious answers
Good cause for calling friends fools
I open my amphora
But not a millionth degree
Of your consciousness have I
Please protect me from myself

God protect me from myself
Let me know I sleep in you
Let me know I wake in you
Let me know I move in you
And without you I am damned
Lord set me free from myself

Thank you Lord for loving me
My excesses notwithstanding
Stupidities against life
Mislead those who follow me
And I’m mocked with my Nation
Save us from idiosyncrasies

God save this State from vain elites
Save her children from bad dreams
Save her parents from negligence
Save her friends from bigotry
May new wisdom shine on board
Where her people peddle Word

God I know I am a fool
Moulded to be a good tool
For pursuing excellence
But even as fool I fail
To serve your benign designs
Dear Lord save me from myself. AMEN

Submitted: Thursday, May 28, 2009
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