By Momodou Ndow

 

Welcome to Gamrock! Oh Gambia why Gambia?

 

A federal penitentiary with open skies and tighter than Alcatraz

Masses isolated in solitary confinement compelled to worship Babili

Escape a luxury only a few can afford

Corpse floating in the Atlantic Ocean from failed attempts

 

Welcome to Gamrock! Oh Gambia why Gambia?

 

20 years of guessing and being in the dark

Blind visions differentiated only by number 2020, 2016, 2015

A recycling center where officials get dumped as toxic waste after use

But still many faithfully answer to the calling of Babili

 

Welcome to Gamrock! Oh Gambia why Gambia?

 

Institutions hijacked and religion kidnapped

Oh God must I watch, hear and feel relentless scraping

Metal against flesh a country’s uterus screaming

Contracting wildly in confusion and excruciating pain

 

Welcome to Gamrock! Oh Gambia why Gambia?

 

Blood racing into the river causing it to overflow

Fish migrate seeking a new and safe habitat

The Mile2 vampire constantly thirsty for fresh blood

Beating mosquitoes to every drop leaving them to starve

 

Welcome to Gamrock! Oh Gambia why Gambia?

 

Economic progress a deadbeat dad and always absent

Unemployment a single mother and always present

Too many kids to feed in a dry land

Wonder if water will ever come out of the rock

 

Welcome to Gamrock! Oh Gambia why Gambia?

 

Adults sitting with their tongues deep inside their pockets

Who will unfold the children’s consciousness?

The going is tough and the tough is at a standstill

Is God willing, unwilling, present or absent?

Welcome to Gamrock! Oh Gambia why Gambia?

 

Night turns to day but darkness persistently lingers

The noise keeps growing in a nation’s head reaching a crescendo

And now out of commonwealth and into uncommon-poverty

Dancing with North Korea, I wonder who will aid who?

 

Welcome to Gamrock!

 

Ends

 

 

 

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