PRAISE FOR CAESAR – TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF A PATRIOTIC LEADER RUTH CAESAR

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By

Togba-Nah Tipoteh

We come to praise Caesar

And not to bury her

Though she has crossed the sea bar

The good she did will not be buried with her

Talking about this memory

Let us take a moment to recall

We recall her brilliant Stance for Women

Through Liberia’s historic hall

Remembering human beings, women and men

That women too have rights

For a woman too is human

And human rights include women’s rights

Rights for the man means rights for the woman

We recall her brilliant Stance for Meritocracy

In the midst of the dominant manly State

With the pretense at building democracy

She called for women to stand up at the Plate

And work together to make Liberia better

We recall her brilliant Stance for Democracy

In the midst of the money-driven attitude

Bursting with the smell of hypocrisy

That lacks any iota of moral rectitude

For where would democracy be

Were there not to be the participation of women

Who together with youth comprise the majority that be

To take national action in the interest of women and men

Last but certainly not the least to recall

Is the Mobite Woman, Ruth, of 3000 years ago, who married an Israelite

Viewing being peaceful together with all people as her living call

With rights and justice for all to bring peace into sight.

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