Late Night Mother – A song for West Africa

Late Night mother

and you must rest

Late Night mother

and you must eat

Late Night mother

and you must drink

Late Night mother

Please heed my plea…

Must  you go on sweating?

toiling?

weeping?

Mama, it is late

rest your weary back

Please hear my plea…

Late Night mother

and rivulets dance untouched

roaches resume their hunt

rodents their relentless voyage

Yet you toil

Please heed my plea

Raise your back mama

stand up, high,

No please sit

and rest your feet

better still

lie down mama

please heed my plea…

Late night mother

and you must rest

the relentless toil

will take its toll

rest for my sake

and theirs too, Mama

Please heed my plea.

– Oluwatoyin A Asojo September 1989 Pearson College

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