Author Archives: Mojisola Adebayo

The GreenLand’s Prayer*

Give us this day our daily seal
And forgive us our footprints
As we forgive those who tread against us
And lead us not into pollution
But deliver us from petrol
For ours is the past, the present and the future
For ever and ever

*One of our Greenlandic guides Ludvig informed us that when the Europeans brought Christianity to Greenland they quickly realised that the idea of ‘daily bread’ meant nothing to them, as the Inuit people’s diet was entirely meat and fish. Therefore they translated the Lord’s Prayer as ‘Give us this day our daily seal’. The remainder of the prayer is also written for our times.

An Arctic Poem (still in progress) by Mojisola Adebayo

Nature, were she you

Mojisola Adebayo writing about the effects of climate change

I have sailed the farthest seas
from South to North
pole to pole.
I have seen the wild extremes of the world
beauty’s edge.
Would that the snow were as soft as your skin,
the icicles as clear as your eyes.
But that the rocks were as brave as your heart,
the glaciers as sharp as your mind,
your wit,
your smile,
your dress,
your stride.
Would that nature were you.
I would say “don’t ever change”,
I would sing “don’t let a thing rearrange you, stay…”
remain sustain that which makes you what you are,
would that you were nature.
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