Hilda Baci

21.05.2023 news The Poet: This Girl Is a Fighter

Published 21st May, 2023

By Abimbola Abatta

She’s not a girl, she’s a legend — Sophia Amarusa

(For Hilda Baci, the girl who can)

As the sea cannot help being a home to fishes,
A girl cannot help being a dreamer.
And when her dream gets a nod from just one person,
She cannot but embrace its fulfilment.

It takes courage to hold your head high and design the route to your dreams in the sea of relentless naysayers.
It takes strength to believe in you when the world trashes your vision.

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The world may say no to a fighter’s dreams,
But her spirit never loses its passion.
Even if it takes a century, she shields her dreams from hawks,
Like a mother hen.

Amid the nays from friends and foes,
She’s dauntless as she shakes off the dews of discouragement
As a traveller dislodges dust from his boots.

Just as the fear of drought does not faze a farmer,
The presence of pessimists has no hold on a fighter.
And ’cause obstacles don’t scare her spirit,
The universe conspires in her favour,
Removing mountains and hurdles on her path while cheering her on to the finish line.

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Have you seen the gaze of a fighter?
It screams, “Yes, I can do this!”

Have you seen the walk of a fighter?
It might droop a bit, but it exudes guts.

Have you seen the spirit of a fighter?
Though stress sneaks in at intervals, she soars with strength.

Victory resides in her blood;
It keeps her alive.
She’s royalty unrestrained, a brave queen and more.
Though she sags beneath the weight of exhaustion,
She never stops fighting for her crown,
And the best part is she always wins.

Hilda is you and me; she is all of us.
She’s an Idan, and an Idan never breaks.

Published 21st May, 2023

By Abimbola Abatta


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