DECAYING FLOWERS

The circling vultures were in the centre of a gaiety. Some famished ones, with manky beaks had already pounced on the naked and half naked bodies of young women, children, and the old – mostly innocents of the cataclysm. Others, assumedly experienced, were hovering patiently, perhaps to get a lion...

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1967 by Ololade Akinlabi

(About Nigeria civil war and it consequences) Yesterday was lost along our memorial path, It was the day we lost without defeat; We killed our sons as roasted chickens, They were bitterly sweet along the oesophagus. Today, we croaked our throats to vomit poisons, Poisonus poisons in yesterday’s meal. For...

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DADDY’S TALE by Ojembe Victor

Daddy’s tale They cry for a future They never tried planning We canvas for a secluded state With hands at akimbo Our fathers knew what they saw With their head without hairs And their protruded black tummy Taking shape like volley ball Father spoke on how they feasted on every...

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IRENE by Stefn Sylvester

You are black, You are wise, You are beautiful, Of creativity are you full. When you dance Wriggling your curves From West to North They stare like morons Lost in your Eastern prowess – Irene. In your eyes I see Ohafia dancers Chanting war cries Dancing frenzy to the tune...

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HALF GOLDEN SUN

‘twixt four scores in the edge of the east We clamour in distress Amidst the lands, we lost, in fatricide and genocide Clanging the bell of warfare for our interest To acclaim the ‘land of the rising sun’ And traverse the green-white land Abound with pebbles and thorns against the...

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GO WARN GOWON

Go warn Gowon that he hasn’t really won Those he won at dusk are better at dawn The Kwashiorkor kids are no longer hungrily down The gaunt and vanquished wear no frown Warn GoWon he hasn’t really won! Do you have pleasant sleeps or ruptured dreams? See swollen tummies at...

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