They have come again to the tracks;
Familiar faces awaiting the pistol crack
And he that gets there first
Shall soon have a puffed up chest.
See, now they are humble and meek
For the license to rape they seek.
But the rules and the prizes are theirs;
All that we have is hope and fears.
Have they not raped us enough
And kept our fingers from the trough?
Have they not cut our tongues
That we may not speak of their wrongs?
We have no voice, no hope, no will,
Knowing only ‘what may’ not ‘what will.”
This poem was written in 2007, just before the elections. So many years are gone and its still relevant as we go to the polls again.
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.