ARTLESSNESS by Hannatu Adamu

And it was one of the silliest stories ever told From beginning to end, it made no sense It could be that trouble is already a-brewing With or without pride and fortune Imagine, the dog has two tails! The leaves have begun to dry It didn’t fit, so they had...

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ART AND WAR by Joshua Omena

Tonight is war The Word war one No intended pun The battle line is drawn On paper with ink On canvas with oil The war on imagination soil Where the head refuses to think I am standing on my side My inspiration across the line A million miles apart How...

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DON’T SPEED ON POETRY EXPRESS

Poetry is not easy like soup and eba If a poet must birth Poetry then the poet needs words, as meanings drop words to stanzas, stanzas to poems Poets birth poems conceive inspiration wild thoughts into written language From odes to sonnets dictions needs personification paradox salutes metaphor

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FUSION

The world is merging Continents are melding Not by space Not by time Consequence of media fusing strangers Traditions clash We get shocked Ways of one Taboo to another Diverse in background, uniform in humanity Africans bleach, Caucasians tan We’re fast becoming one clan We tinker, we compromise

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WHAT IF

What if fate was a man clothed in the same fabric of dust Giving secrets of how he became that vital force The undefeated against whom all bow, bound to conform What if there was no sun, darkness like a big black blanket covered the face of the earth The...

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WALLS OF UNENDING SCARS

I I have seen The four walls Coated with gory hand-prints Of criminals and suspects In-scripting awkwardness Pleading for a public presentation I stared at slogans Screaming…. “we die…innocent” “i was here” “and so what” “are you the president?” “dem go fire me” “na today” “…save us” My heart tears...

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EMANCIPATION

Moment is still I see the beauty of a picture Called’ “a vulture watching a Starving child Disgrace infiltrates my conscious As I see the lesson in the Photograph, of a dark child Kneeling down due to famine Intestines gobbling and growling in hunger Dirty dry fields expose the state...

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