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 stripped of its splendour
and we are confluenced to wither within tick-tocks
far less than pastures.
Nigeria, or Abattoir? Benue, or Rest land?
Nothing is green no more for the night is heavy
and daylight shelters darkness.
The sun has become too shy to shine
and of the moon, with brightness sublime
unions too well with crippled Niger Area
where creatures take turns for transition in broken center.
Life is tiring; this naked truth worth retelling
but with Benue is a pass, free to new dawns,
where black existence finds Freedom’s field in flashes.
I weep for you, Middle-belters
for your beauty wields the shade of blacks,
and has become the crowned dice for gaming.
‘Another deaths will be too much to bear’
and to silence yard we are tired of calling,
And I hope You change these chains
for destiny, now we see looks dim eternal.
(on the incessant killings of natives in Benue state, Nigeria and other states by Fulani herdsmen)
Author: Victor Igiri
Victor Igiri is an award- winning Nigerian poet and essayist, and a writer based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a creative entrepreneur who aims to “die empty” leveraging on his skills and talents to create positive impact on earth. He is a poet contributor for Independent Newspaper, Lagos, Wrr.ng, Nigerianmasterweb.com and a host of other websites where he shares his poems and inspirational articles. He is the administrator of Purpose Driven Youth Network, a website and Facebook page that is aimed at inspiring people, especially the youths and teenagers in making impact in life.
His poems have been anthologized in various spaces; nationally and internationally.