“Oil creates the illusion of a completely changed life, life without work, life for free. Oil is a resource that anaesthetises thought, blurs vision, corrupts.” ― Ryszard Kapuściński, Shah of Shahs

our oil industry is work in progress

there is nothing we can do

if we are endowed but it’s now a curse

can we complain ?

when it’s work in progress.


foreigners may profit from our oil

while we drink acid rain

and use gas flares as lantern

we don’t need to worry

our oil industry is work in progress.


we may use the owners of the land

as slaves, the necessity of life

may pass them as we cart away

oil gains leaving them impoverished

don’t worry its part of learning isn’t it?


don’t you know our oil business

is work in progress

don’t push us too much

we will get it right one day.


guards may make it possible for us

to pump our oil don’t bother,

its those renegades who don’t believe

in cheating

don’t bother we will finish them one day

its all work in progress.


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