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We have set up the altar
It is time to make a sacrifice
Then it was Isaac by Abraham
But today, it is your turn

There is no need for a long journey
Do not carry firewood or matches
There is no need for a rope or ram
Or a strange faith like father Abraham

Sacrifice that gives lasting impression
Sacrifice that builds the faith of children
Sacrifice that gives women strength of purpose
Your sacrifice that breeds breath for lives

We need so precious a sacrifice
Though it costs nothing, not even time
But it could cost us life and living
Your sacrifice of human kindness

Here left not catered for and unsung
Unappreciated and not welcome
A little kindness and reassurance
Gives us strength and hope that it is right

Though left with no choice but
Look back and give a little smile
Rekindles the faith in mankind
That our tomorrow will come


LauraB's picture


Precious sacrifice costs nothing- the sacrifice of human kindness.
When you open up to kindness it has a wide expanse.

I liked your poem. I think it is very brave to share. When I was in my 20s I used to write poetry once in a while in my journal and let me tell you, I did not have the courage to share it with a wide community. I admire this in you greatly- a very fierce and strong young woman!


olutosin's picture


Laura my friend,

Thanks for taking time to read, I always feel that I have known you for a very long time. I was told that I will remain poor as a writer but I do not mind as long as there is visible change in our lives and our children can live better lives.

Thanks for loving us here.

Love you always

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


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