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On the horizontal locks that surround you
On the chains that make you cry for freedom

Swing on!
Free your spirit from all the loss
Take the risks and pay the cost
Lend a hand sure to be just
Oh little babe, swing!

The sun is set upon thy sleeve
Your playmates are out in the fields

Swing on!
Cast your gaze on the silver moon
Send a pitch to heaven’s gate
Of your joys and earthly tales
Oh little babe, swing!

Emancipate yourself from fear
Her scowl and snare dare to scare

Swing on!
Make your spirit merry
The day shall soon be old and weary
And darkness shall on your lashes lay
Oh little babe, swing!

Look not on the bricks thrown at your feet
Nor the poop of the mocking bird on your hair
Swing with all your vigor and strength
Let the force be seen in the brisk of your legs
In the toss of your hair
In the swiftness of your breasts
And the hardiness of your chest
Oh little babe, swing!

‘Chinonye J. Chidolue (@NonyeWrites)

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