BROTHER, COME HOME

Ndubuisi, since you left Our eyeballs have fallen off their sockets… Since you chose to reside in the White man’s land Our moon has turned pale Rocks fall from the skies While the rain has refused to Depart the blue cloud It is the heart’s heaviness that has Given eloquence to the tongue Ndubuisi my… Continue reading BROTHER, COME HOME

LETTER TO MY BROTHER

Dear brother, Mother told me that you now brag around Wearing sagging rags, calling it swags You wear women adornments. Its swank! Vagrant fool you are, seeking notice Many chant your moniker before you And spit long hisses when you turn your back Fine boy you, you chase them all Both firm and wilted breasts… Continue reading LETTER TO MY BROTHER

DEAR SISTER

I pen this down to you My blood, my flesh, my sister I chew these words To feed you in bits Listen sister, Innocence grows to lust When they see your cleavages Ah! Your heavy perfumes Are toxins to male spirits Do you too stand At junctions Waiting diligently For wealthy phalluses Why expose your… Continue reading DEAR SISTER

I WEEP BECAUSE…[2]

My stance is cast, Pelt me with pebbles of hate Cast me in the armor of prejudice I shall remain the debris of my yesterday For the offspring of tomorrow Must not be awash by strangers’ drum beat My past is my today, The ancestors gaze down at me Faces endlessly stern I must not… Continue reading I WEEP BECAUSE…[2]

IN THE DAYS OF MY GRANDFATHER

Alas! Our age is doomed; We no more see the moon Our forefathers celebrated With war dances and ancestral praise ! The bamboos are all dried And our soil is not revived Now, only weeds grow, For we no more touch our hoe! The sun has dimmed its light As we no more wait it’s… Continue reading IN THE DAYS OF MY GRANDFATHER

OKONKO

At the market place, And the fireside, under, The Udara tree, I have seen them mock you, And worship your death. You, *Okonko, Public shamer, Whose music made men merry, Terror you were to wicked hearts. You who summoned to your courts, With the wave of a palm-frond Child of the 7 streams, At the… Continue reading OKONKO