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TALES BY MOONLIGHT (a Nigerian satire by Eyo Justice Ellis)

Tales by Moonlight

Tales by Moonlight

Do not steal;
Else you’ll get ill
And be beaten with a goad –
A rebuke from God.

Do not lie
Always tell the truth –
Like an angel in white suit
Sporting a sparkly tie.

Do well to overcome crimes;
But how many times
Have we not heard of their lootings,
Their luxuries and their ritual killings?

Do mind them;
They’ll spit on your face
And stab you in the back.
You’ll see – you trust them!

They’ll show you the thief,
Tell you he’s been locked up;
”Take a sigh of relief.
We’re on top-

Of the situation” they’ll say.
But – even as you hear them – pray,
For he shall come again – the same thief –
To fan the flames of your grief!

They wave words like wands;
”Don’t take the law into your hands.”
But they have it under their feet,
Trampled for us to eat.

In the assemblies they fight,
But come to tell tales by moonlight;
The morals they never do
And ever to their evil natures true.

In the assemblies they fight,
But come to tell tales by moonlight;
The morals they never do
And ever to their evil natures true.

meet the poet: Eyo Justice Ellis

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