TALE OF TALES (a drifting nation at 52)

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Tale of Tales

I know the tales of the past
But which one is true,
I do not know.

They said the white ones came
And our elders smiled
Into neck chains.

I heard they came – with black books –
And turned our black skin
White with whips.

Now, mothers – suited – deny the wrappers,
Our men – collared – discard the hoes
Youth – wise – steal forbidden fruits.

But those are just few of the tales –
The many hued tales –
I have heard.

Say, what happened,
Two scores before the millennium,
When we traded shackles for handshakes?

Seven calendar turns:
Squabbles over porridge
Boiling, steaming and scalding.

I was there, I heard it:
Apples defied charmed armors
And made the Fool free in his folly at forty.

Demo. Crazy. Derivation. Zoning.
Slice the cake and run. None will say stop?
Crumbs. Potholes. Darkness. Bombs. Indigenes.. ….

People
Deceiving
People!

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6 comments

  1. Uzoma – 9ja, where else? – Hello, there. I'm Uzo. I'm an African writer, artist, and industrial chemist. My love for writing stories, sharing, and meeting people have led me to starting my own blog. I invite you to take a trip with me into the African society via my African tales/short stories and African arts (as much as I can flesh out). On 85 degrees, you will also find some bite-sized poems. Feel free to comment on whatever that piques your interest. If you'd like to send me a private message, you can do so via the email displayed on the top left corner of my profile. I meela (Thank you).
    Uzoma says:

    Reblogged this on 85 Degrees and commented:
    Nigeria: good people, great nation?

    1. Kukogho Iruesiri Samson – Abuja, Nigeria – I am a media professional with experience in multimedia journalism, book publishing, content creation, web management, public relations, media relations, social media management, and client relationship management. My interests include multi-platform content creation and management, media relations, digital and print publishing, and youth-oriented social services. I am open to middle-level positions in organizations that encourage innovation.
      Kukogho Samson says:

      Ha,ha …a question worth a million$… who knows?

  2. Samir – The Netherlands – I'm an editor, creative writer and Tai Chi instructor. I'm from everywhere and nowhere - of Syrian descent, born in Greece, grew up in Nigeria, lived briefly in Spain and now in the Netherlands.
    Samir says:

    Strong poem – enjoyed reading it.

    1. Kukogho Iruesiri Samson – Abuja, Nigeria – I am a media professional with experience in multimedia journalism, book publishing, content creation, web management, public relations, media relations, social media management, and client relationship management. My interests include multi-platform content creation and management, media relations, digital and print publishing, and youth-oriented social services. I am open to middle-level positions in organizations that encourage innovation.
      Kukogho Samson says:

      Thank you Samir. I appreciate. Its a true story of Nigeria.

  3. Pretty depressing words but unfortunately, probably true.

    1. Kukogho Iruesiri Samson – Abuja, Nigeria – I am a media professional with experience in multimedia journalism, book publishing, content creation, web management, public relations, media relations, social media management, and client relationship management. My interests include multi-platform content creation and management, media relations, digital and print publishing, and youth-oriented social services. I am open to middle-level positions in organizations that encourage innovation.
      Kukogho Samson says:

      They are true ma’am, and saddening so.

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