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BABY LUMUMBA

baby lumumba

The wise of the village, including the old woman with the sesame plants, came to see Baby.

What a beautiful baby, said the wise.

What a Beauty, said the old woman with the sesame plants.

What is his name? asked the old woman with the sesame plants.

But the wise of the village already knew his name. The wise of the village already knew the story.

The wise of Onalua already knew.

Patrice, they said softly.

The wise of Onalua already knew him.

Let him be charismatic, said the wise.

Let him be, said the old woman with the sesame plants.

He shall be a man of great deeds, said the wise.

He shall be a man, said the old woman.

What type of worker shall he be? asked the old woman.

Postal, said the wise.

Where shall he do his postal work? asked the old woman.

Stanleyville, said the wise.

Kisangani, said the old woman with the sesame plants.

The warriors came to see Baby.

The peaceful came to see Baby.

Those of first rank came to see Baby.

The lowly came to see Baby.

Wizards came to see Baby.

Sages came to see Baby.

Griots came to see Baby.

Trees came to see Baby.

Sky saw Baby.

Stars and moon came to see Baby.

The sun saw Baby.

The universe saw Baby.

Gentle animals came to see Baby.

Fierce and ferocious animals came to see Baby.

Tortoises and elephants.

Antelopes and zebras.

Giraffes and gazelles.

Buffaloes and crocodiles.

All saw Baby.

The Divine saw Baby.

Father saw Baby.

Mother saw Baby.

All saw Baby.

Who shall teach him? asked the wise.

Who shall he teach? asked the old woman with the sesame plants.

Who shall be his wife? asked the wise.

Who shall be his children? asked the old woman.

Who shall be his people? asked the wizards and the sages.

Who shall love Lumumba?

Who shall love Lumumba?

The griots said his name.

The griots took note.

We are all African people, said the wise.

We are all people, said the old woman with the sesame plants.

Who shall be his friends? asked the wise.

Kwame, shall you befriend him? asked the old woman with the sesame plants.

The wise looked at the old woman, under the influence of the Spirit.

The wise knew the Spirit.

Others only saw an old woman with sesame plants.

Are you willing? the wise asked Baby.

Are you willing? the old woman with the sesame plants asked Baby.



Lumumba, Lumumba, came the chant.

Independence, came the chant.

Freedom, came the chant.

Who shall be with him in jail? asked the old woman.

Shall we? asked the wise.

Who shall help him organize? asked the old woman.

Shall we? asked the wise.


In the Belgian Congo, Lumumba.

In the Republic of the Congo, Lumumba.

In Kongo, Lumumba.


Who shall be at the Round Table Conference in Brussels? asked the old woman.

Shall we? asked the wise.


Who shall revolt? asked the old woman.

Who shall revolt? asked the wise.


The old woman looked at the wise.

The wise looked at the old woman.

They all looked at Baby Lumumba.

Keep him wise, said the wise.

Keep him, said the old woman.


"We are not certain who killed Lumumba, but there is evidence....."
Published: 2006-08-12
Author: African Library

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African Library writes articles, stories, and poems about the African experience.

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