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Mirror, mirror, please tell me
Which is the damnedest land of all
Whose land is as rich as its people are poor
Whose leaders, amongst thieves, stand bold, tall
And In toast to Death’s health, blood they daily pour

Mirror, mirror, please tell me
Where would I see a fool at 53
Who was once a slave of strange men
Whose limbs are now bound to an imaginary tree
And veiled demons make his envied garden a killing den

Mirror, mirror, please tell me
Why brothers should be at war
While strangers loot their inheritance
Why the one locks against the other his door
And they slaughter Peace before he gets a chance

Mirror, mirror, please tell me
Where folly kisses the lips of old men
Who watch the she-goat deliver in chains
While she is yet tethered outside her barren pen
And they look away smiling as she bleats in birth pains

Mirror, mirror, please tell me
Which people would break the mirror
When they could wipe the stains away?
Where is a slap-debt paid with servings of horror
And Tomorrow’s meat is thrown to dogs down Today?

Mirror, mirror, please tell me…

Written by: Kukogho Iruesiri Samson

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.

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