REMINISCENCE (for Saro Wiwa)

The rope dangled His lifeless-body danced The executioner laughed The heavens shut eyes! Outside, we opened hands Pleading for his life and his friends’ We threw away dresses When it was obvious we’d lost! Seventeen years have gone by We’ve been here, hoping That the rain or sun would message...

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STUCK IN MUD (on a people’s plight)

The wind of disorder is blowing, Slowing us down! The dark clouds have eclipsed the sun, Rendering the future bleak! There is no light, no hope, And even the birds gaze mutely! I looked and saw the disgruntled people Wailing and cursing. They were stuck in mud! Helpless and distressed...

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I KNOW A PLACE

I know a place- Where Camels prance and tumble through the eye Of blunt needles and none asks how or why. But all know. They see the needle’s bloated eye, Angry, they say nothing. Afraid, they ask not why? I know a place- Where the sheep perish under the Lion’s...

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NEGRITUDE (An Ode to Africa)

Smile stuck-on, pride woven with ego; Doubt vanquished, grief knifed to zero. I beat my chest, and sound the ivory trump, Glory in ecstasy, and dance with a stomp. My lips, a castle of fatted melodies, Hark! They be tunes of sweet eulogies. They filter swift, as honey from the...

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THIS WICKED FLOOD

Must we at the temple’s hill Hear the preacher’s talk “You must each other kill And even their children you must stalk!” Shan’t the preachments from heaven Bring peace and heal our clobbered hearts Without any mixture of leaven, Shielding us from poisonous darts? Stop making us vassals of hate!...

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PRAYING PREYS

I. Some say, “As you pray for your own peace Remember your nation too, please.” And some mock, “Going Beatitude might soothe thee But the question is, will it ever heal thee?” And I answer, “Perhaps in the multitude of Beatitudes We may change some destructive attitudes!” But so many...

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