“I am a coward of no name
I am a fool of sour fame
For I sat among idle men
While a wolf ate the hen.”
Things had fallen apart:
We saw the sages’ private parts
Dangling in public spaces. For a clown,
Lucky, but shoeless, was the king of our town…
I spat only whispers when they shouted “Buhari!”
I had doubts, “How could one forget in a hurry
That there was a ‘Goodluck’, just yesterday,
Who found Aso Rock after losing his way
While fishing in oily Bayelsa creeks?”
So I whispered, tongue-in-cheek.
Yes, I ignored their calls for PVC –
I said to me, “PDP has become APC.
Why enroll my weary thumb for those
Beasts that pluck the petals off our Rose?
While our bloody palms clutch thorny stalks”
So I said to myself when they brought voting talks.
Many thumbed…Now, Change rides on a horse.
Hopeful hearts sing their voices hoarse
The General plots, we say “Hurry!
Make the looters sorry!”
“I will be hero of sour name
I will be patriot of no fame
I will sit with guarding men
That wolf eat not our hen.”
Author: Kukogho Iruesiri Samson
KIS, author of two poetry collections, ‘WHAT CAN WORDS DO?’ and ‘I SAID THESE WORDS’, is an award-winning Nigerian writer, photographer, and media professional with experience in journalism, PR, publishing and media management. In 2016, he was listed in Nigerian Writers Awards’ list of 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL NIGERIAN WRITERS UNDER 40. The same year 2016, he won the Nigerian Writer’s Award for ‘Best Poet In Nigeria 2015.’ he had also won the Orange Crush 1st Prize for Poetry in 2012.
He is the CEO of Words Rhymes & Rhythm LTD.