(written in absolute dislike for Nigeria’s splitting…)
Paint me White, not RED;
Green, I beseech thee still
and entomb every dark desires that
kings your soul.
Paint me Green, not Black
so I can war with strength
these old-new foes
that crushes greenness.
…and laborious a starless Yesterday we beheld:
intercoursing discordant vibes at the start of things
that paved smooth paths
for black days, and nights, crimsonly ‘red.
silence lived large; Yes,
fear and misery our lot,
empty streets we dwelled,
gunny Dirty air we fret,
woes and shattered dreams
till today pants us –
Our green dark earth!
And long after, the casualties are not only
the bones in the coffin, but all who breaths
the Giant’s air to the newest of generation’s;
perhaps, more to come I pray not
Yet I behold us,
like sixty-sevens eve and before,
snaily, slowly and rapidly chanting diVORCE
when true sons and daughters She seeks;
Peace, not war
for sharing brotherhood from another mother;
Biafra or Arewa who shall laugh in strife?
Love, not hate
for by its fruits can this war be won
that jails our flowering.
1 Nigeria for ALL,
oneness for everyONE;
TRIBEless a people
who at every tick-tock desires mating with
our sweet old Queen of ethereal splendor
and resurrects her from shatters
…and I wish we can lend Peace a voice!
I wish we are White.
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.