I AM KALABARI

Like a shoulder I carry my etibo In a word I represent oyibo You never see me without my njirre… I am Kalabari My words step like the mkpara As proud Ekine Sekibo.. I show When my culture show I am Kalabari Yes I had hospitality like a decent meal...

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FOR HER GRACE CHILD

Tears filled mama’s eyes Fears of narrowing bones and the sun Her grace child giggles in her hands – favourite pet Never will she breathe unless her baby breathes death Baby squeezes mama’s breast till they go dry of milk Food you know child But life you sow bare

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AND I WROTE IT FOR YOU

In the beginning was the word, Now are these words: …weep not… Men know themselves when not ripe, And you come; and they deposit you inside a bin, …weep not… Nations love war; war loves not nations, And you starve; and you die, …weep not… That fund for your vaccine...

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FORGIVENESS

All around me I see the faces that are hurting I hear the hearts splintering under the weight of your betrayal Everything once shared fast withering into nothingness Visions of a future with you teetering on the precipice of expulsion I feel the trust – once so priceless – disintegrating...

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WILL I BE REMEMBERED?

If I leave On a journey Never to return To where I once lived Will I be remembered? If I leave On a stint Without a print On where I once lived Will I be remembered? If I leave On a mission Never to return

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POLISHED FOR PROFIT

Don’t say a Farmer Loves his fowl Instead – He loves himself. Because he comes Around with corns To spread along their lawn. With water cans. And grains of kinds To feed his fowls at dawn. And coloured drugs And injecting ‘cines To fatten his tiny things. Cage is for...

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HER STORY

Drowning in the streams of constant thoughts She sat alone, together with her thoughts On a slab near a lit dark street, in the dark of day Posing healthy and sane but torn far away She is the child tattered morrow A run-away from lasting sorrow Hear – her words...

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WHISPER

They are whispering news of a better future Hoping it will be better news for our future We are excited to hear the outcome So we wait patiently for the outcome The whisper has come to an abrupt end Yet, no outcome was coming from their end We became impatient...

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