BLACKNESS

Fair enough that you go to church And that you speak so saintly You still wear this skin And it is not white. It is the mental crust that speaks Not the apparent shadows. They only meet the eyes at day light And conceal the details of the man. It’s...

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MISSUS

Wrap those watermelons! They’re not negatives Of a camera film Those swollen melons – Let’s call them red apples – Are just for hands that paid, Or mouths molded within your loins (And don’t you think it strange If they brew a belch In a hungry man’s loins?) The sight...

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I HAVE A CHOICE

Look me in the face, a little closely I hope you notice the fading scars Yes my wounds are healing gradually I could have run off in a heartbeat When hell splashed its magma and lava My limbs were too weak To carry me far from my worries If I...

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THIS BLACK MAN

In the creator’s delight, I was made, Magnificently crafted to suit His purpose. Created, inspired to go out and prosper, As doing the contrary impugns on His purpose. Go, conquer and subdue was the charge Failure is without the contemplation of His purpose. This mandate, so divine, yet we treat...

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APOSTASY OF SORROW

The world seems in gloom, and the warm clouds pause – feverish, every soul is stationary- lifeless, at rest blinkingly awaiting the sound of the coming apostasy of sorrow. Our fathers’ victories are forgone honest pathways are diminished and even the blazing light ahead now shines in a vagrant mood....

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I WEEP BECAUSE… [1]

I weep not because I am beaten But for the indolence of my race Where do I echo the crack in my voice When the sweetness of the strangers Has erased the linings of my forefathers The horizontal sunset of my father Has caved in for the tick tack of...

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NIGERIA

Memoir of your evergreen existence Carved on the peak of your mountains By the hands of ancient ancestries In memory of your gleaming greatness Magnate in resources among the nations Clad in billowing garment of unique essence Your scents muffle pure frankincense Magnificent tower made of gold The milk of...

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OUR FATHERS

Our exalted fathers kissed the steel and made thousand crowns of chain upon their throttled necks from barns where their being beamed dim. Fetid festers watered their fetters’ studs holy waters for new converts they shared communion with their heads the lip of dawn bore their detritus. What have they...

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GENDER DIALECTICS

The bearers of the seed Have become private property And broken primitive laws Lie on the shelf of antiquity. The bearers of our last names, Have lost their place And now they are blamed For the downfall of men. We speak of virgin oracles With tongues of promiscuity; Make me...

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