A song for the Girl Child


Noel A. Ihebuzor


Ekwe, ogenes and udus

from a dawning new day

play a sombre serenade,

whispering and suggesting

new worlds, new possibilities


and on the waking skies, words inscribed

on a rainbow-ed horizon hum

your amazing qualities of universal verity


Sister, daughter, seed carrier,

Future assurer, energiser, builder,

Calmer, softener, sweetener, peace maker


The tunes stir and wake you


you rise, a flower about to blossom

and gaze in sober silence at the signs scripted

in golden sprinkles on the aprons of  a dawning day,

your smile of innocence splays the sky

salutes the dawn and sprays the new day

with fragrances of hope and possibilities


And the rainbow-ed horizon hum on their truths


Sower, harvester, protector, shock absorber, sufferer

Nurturer, Nurse, first responder, stabiliser,  

Keeper, organiser, model, inspirer, teacher,


And I thought I saw a new smile kiss your face,

saw in that smile the dancing hopes

of glow filled futures for all

if culture and gender

do not suffocate the seeds you carry within for all


and in this dawning morning,

where hope sang to my anxious ears

and possibilities danced and beckoned

I prayed in silence for the world

to nurture and cultivate

the generous seeds of transferable greatness

that nature has richly embedded in your bosom

and your fertile and supple mind

so that we all could harvest from it

a future of gladness and greatness


**Adding my raucous voice to those celebrating this year’s (2013) day of the girl child.  Not the best of songs, but the intention should redeem all its imperfections



25 Responses to “A song for the Girl Child”

  1. 1 Kemi O October 11, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Beautiful and enchanting!

  2. 8 ugochinyere October 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Nice one. Good.

  3. 10 Caroline Akosile October 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Very impressive and thought provoking sir. Sounds familiar to what I know you to be. A supporter of development of the girl child any day. God bless you sir. I love the poem

  4. 12 readinpleasure October 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    It is the most beautiful of songs, Noel. 🙂

  5. 14 Fr Ibe Reginald. October 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Great ! Give a girl child a pencil not a penis! Give her a book not bride price! Thanks Dede for ur poem!

  6. 16 Egoyibo Okoro October 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Wonderful poem, Poet Noel.

  7. 18 pai obanya October 11, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Looking forward to seeing your collection of enchanting poems in a book collection soon. You are doing very well.

  8. 20 Echendu ThankGod October 12, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Noel, i didn’t know you have also become a poet.Sure Mr Garrod will be
    chuckling if he reads this piece.

    • 21 Noel Ihebuzor October 12, 2013 at 5:04 am

      NTC! Remember the Inch Cape Rock and Bishop Hatto we read in 1964 at Ogssian. Garri was such an influence but so was Messers Oniniwu and Bassey.
      The passport of Mallam Illia – Usuman and Shansi! Those were the good old days!

  9. 22 Ophilia October 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Very nice poem. I am sure this poem will put a smile on each girl child’s face reading it.

  10. 24 Victor Emeana October 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Great praise for the girl child, for young damsels,for womanhood. They sure deserve all you said and more.

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