PLATEAU BLEEDS by Victor Igiri

Throw JOS some black lit candles. Again we write more chapters in our ‘book of bloods’ with the narratives, an heritage for distant tongues to tell whose skins are unpeeled by cowry demons, but bruised as Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Kaduna, Zamfara,… and more to come. I hear that there...

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M.K.O ABIOLA by Victor Igiri

(…a tribute in respect of the honour conferred on him by President Muhammadu Buhari) Kashimawo, “Let us wait and see” so They said but Heroes don’t die, No. They are the colours of the rainbow and possess the heart of the sun. They are eagles soaring on time’s wings, alphabeting...

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SOLSTIC MOON by El Sane Ken Silencer

Beauty- i saw the sky and my heart flown as nature plied; Jiggling my whole my brow smirked as my mind went around; Thinking of heaven on earth- drowned in Rib-tickling, as nature was flying wondrously, Adrift, i became glued in staring Wonderful’ atmosphere Flowers blooming when nigh penned heaven.

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A MAVERICK’S DREAM by Alabi Muheez Ajibola

I dream, I hope, I wonder If we can make this world a utopia But, whenever I look hither or yonder My expectation always falter Because since inception Whether unknowingly or with intentions Man has been a perfect destruction To the impeccable works of creation This brute hitherto, has continued...

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INSIDE ME by Akinyemi Abdulmalik

Inside me, I could hear the sound Of fire munching dry woods; I could see rebellious sparks Breaking from embers. The ashes are afloat; My sight is foggy; All I could see Is the dying twinkle of a tiny spark. What was said to the sun To make it rise...

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IF by Thaalith Abubakar Gimba

If I am the indispensable dust, I’d throw up any lifeless flesh That gets interred inside me. If I am the unwavering wind, I’d cease my daily escapades, Probably retire for a jiffy. If I am the ever grinning sun, I’d just repress my effervescence, So that my rays won’t...

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CHANGE THESE CHAINS by Victor Igiri)

Yesterday was Theirs they bemoaned Guma’s…fall Today, ours we tell of Mbalom’s… unripe pause; and Tomorrow, sure, shall be history’s reawakening in Mama’s four forks for ours is a land of milk and bloods, of the basket full of fractured flesh, of curtains and thunderstorms where The maze has been...

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CHILDHOOD ROSES by Paul Chiwude

When we become old grannies and age disrupts our memories, Let us remember our napkins and where we began our stories. When we become youths and pushed by peers to make wrong choices, Let us remember our upbringings and flee away from the sweet oasis. When we become husbands and...

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A SLEEPER’S TESTAMENT by Oluwaseyi Olatunji

To have lived, laughed and loved, Dipped in life’s lucky dip, Trusted the truth and in it’s light have walked, Yet, had moments of savoury blip. To have tilled and toiled the earth, Earned from endless hustle and bustle, Lonely, longing for an hearth, A home for when hustle wears...

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