Keep Awake

IMG_1288Keep Awake

Keep awake, child

You do not let it pass while you are in a daze

You must keep awake

Lest lying dogs sleep comfortably

You must keep awake

For the cock whose crow you await has gone to roost

It is the middle of the day, but you must strive to keep awake

Keep awake, do not sleep when it is mayday,

Set your hands to the task, you must do it yourself

For the elephant to whom you look has a broken tusk

And can no more lift your burdens

You must keep awake

The clouds have gathered and you have laid out your grains under the shadowed sun

When the rain’s about to come down, you must keep awake because the umbrella’s worn and in tatters and past repair.

You must keep awake, child, else your mealy meal would be washed away like the deception of the lying sleeping dogs

You must keep awake, for the sake of those to come after you, you must keep awake.

Keep awake, for those you hand the fate of your ship to do not have an internal radar,

You shall sink

If you but take forty winks

So keep awake child, keep awake

And do not let lying dogs sleep.

 

(c) OurNanaYaa 2016

the lying sleeping dogs, who instead of marking their territories by urinating around them, lay their illegitimate claim by urinating on them.
The lying sleeping dogs, who instead of marking their territories by urinating around them, lay their illegitimate claim by urinating on them.                                       source of image, iStock by Getty Images
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6 thoughts on “Keep Awake

  1. Reblogged this on Ewurabena Writes and commented:
    Someone sent me the link to this via whatsapp, and captioned it:

    ‘Our Country is in dire straits. Unless we keep awake, she would fall apart. ‘

    I honestly believe it is a call to prayer :)… and i’m grateful to @ordinary perspectives for this read 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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