GONE TOO SOON

Slain by feigned exuberances, Damaged dreams and unused chances, Prejudiced ordinances And several worthless hisses… Lying limp among the shards of reason, Where against the wall it was smitten Scholarliness now lacks season, This is treason, our fingers each bear the crimson. There is guilt on our consciences, A dint...

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DONT CARE: BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL

Let them speak as they’ve chosen to They have mouth Let them say whatever they like. Freedom is theirs. They say you’re darker than bitumen And compare you to the under of their mother’s pot But they’ve forgotten so soon the popular saying “ Black is Beautiful. ” Why worry...

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OMOGE AWELEWA – CAN YOU BEAR IT?

Eleyinjuege! My words have crawled Upon the waters, My heart had danced About the quarters of crisis, I hung my fear upon sky facade And I have stolen courage From the market of dexterity. Do I scribble like a liar? Omolewa! Yes! Let my chant pound deceitful gong Upon your...

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WHY MAMA, WHY?

Why mama, why? Shall we fail to speak With the talkative rod? Shall we cease to paint With our single-mouthed brush? Why mama, why? You drop your cheek On your tired jaw in despair Hands, tied with nothing, Eyes tired of watching Horror films happening life In our helpless country,...

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A BALLAD FOR YOU, YES YOU!

You, who dictate His will to God, you, the holy mentor Who unsheathe a black flag to slaughter a neighbor, Who destroy in the name of the Creator, I spy with my little I from my city On the verge of infinity. You, all sheen and shimmer, ensconced in gold,...

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SONGS OF THE BLIND

At sunrise, we see black. At sunset, we see black. Everyday is black. Our dreams are black. Our visions are black. We dwell in isolation Help us! Hold our hands Lest we fall into a ditch. We see not, but see more with our eyes closed. Our hearts bleed We...

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LAMENTATIONS FOR AMINAT

Dedicated to the abducted Chibok School Girls Aminat, O Aminat! When you came Our life danced With drums and claps Sorrow and grief were absent Joy was our friend Our precious life Now had a successor Your roots Determined to cure the curse Sent you to a stranger To steal...

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