BENUE BESIEGED by Victor Igiri

Are we humans or Animals? Maybe both, but I may choose the latter for with drought eyes swollen from a marathon tears I wear, and thorned a flesh, can you not behold tearfully? And what joy again to dwell longer with knived ancestry, forever piecized by pasturers who rips fiercely...

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THIS RED by James Oboba

Beguiling elephant umbrella Purity-cum-red is corruption Food-cum-danger(red) is bait A bermuda beauty This red have made you What a mockery of goodness! White and green won’t make you a dove I tag you a woeful wolf Though more rueful and mournful Under your covering Yet wholly wet by melted ice...

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BLOOD DONOR

Diagnosis shows leukemia Oops! That’s a killer How long do I count? Or will I a cure get? No, not a cure Just transfusion To keep you going O- is my blood group SC my genotype Who’ll be my donor? I don’t just know! That’s a difficult one! There’s no...

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ELEYELE

Never dreamt of falling in love never gave the future a second thought those who wine and dine in love, I hiss at not until I found you, my sweetheart meeting you was the happiest thing that ever happened to me climbing together the tree of love was my only...

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BORN OF BLOOD

“The pill did not work Afraid am I Can’t carry this child Clear this Lest we meet our doom” Numbness cut into his heart Lust had stolen his conscience “Sister, we can sin no more To kill human” Words boiled in tears His walk started in the park Ended in...

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KNIFE, SCISSORS AND RAZOR

Knives, scissors, razors Fingernails and suturing materials All stood at attention Awaiting instructions From a host of midwives There she was, pinned to the ground Facing the wrath of the knife A sharp cut pierced in between her thighs Like a bomb of fire Agony exploded in her brain

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BLOOD ON THE MOON

The river Overflows Not with water From yesterday’s rain But with blood Innocent blood There is blood Everywhere Here, there And everywhere Driplets, droplets Rivulets, streamlets In learning places In sacred spaces In the hearth On the homestead By the sidewalks In the dancing arena The streets have become Runnels...

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FLOOD OF BLOOD

In this land long long have we lived under the blazing sun that burn our flesh black squeeze out salty liquids but never expose our bones nor turned our body into the cascade of blood Here we live with the voice of thunder above our heads explode but never in...

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A DANCE OF IGNOMINY

Our treasury drains to the swamps Commercial ventures fall to decay, Unrighteous judgment sits in our courts Mediocrity paints our institutions Hunger reigns in our streets Our children sleep famished Our youth bow in despondence Our elders weep in shame Our fields irrigated by rivers of innocent blood Our farmlands...

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OUR BATTLES

“We have been through many storms, fought many wars, and still face constant attacks. Through it all we shall not perish or fall, for we carry the future on our backs” “ ~ Relevant. We wept until blood rolled down There was no one to hold our hands As poverty...

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