HAPPENINGS: Aremu Adams Adebisi

Wailings of children, Faces of sadness, Mournings of siblings, Bitings of regrets; For land is bloody In endless bombings. ‘Had I wishes’, ‘Had I knowns’. Laments of fathers, Dirges of mothers, Sorrows of brothers, Rapings of sisters; For land is bloody In endless bombings. ‘Had I wishes’ ‘ Had I...

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THUNDERBOLT

The world is a burning pyre Trees once seen as shrines consumed by the raging fire It is the mighty Iroko, raised his head a shade too high incurred the wrath of thunder A high priest falls in the fire The flames reach high, licks his beards, singes his blood...

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VOICES OF AFRICA

Voices on the mount Nyiragongo of Congo. Voices maimed in the genocide of Rwanda. Voices observing the guerrillas of Uganda. Voices silenced in the apartheid of South Africa. Voices navigating the nebulous Nile of Egypt. Voices of tan women raped in the Chadian war. Voices bathing in the cascading falls...

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WHEN EARTH SPEAKS

I’ve seen it all came alive from the very first break of light and words Said this oak to his descendants borne from a single root I’ve seen the purest of hearts and the best from the race of men As his eyes grew dim and tired barks and withered...

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THE PATRIOT

They won’t be fishing in scanty pond, making it, “a do or die bond” if this greasy lands, was a mere mound. They are the patriots that took your fortunes and hid them beneath desert dunes. They now gallivant with its beautiful plumes. Their swords still bear blood, So does...

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WISER THAN SOLOMON

We are wise Wiser than Solomon So we cooked plenty lies To make it all look common First we plucked animals teeth Then we dug up steel Leaving weak the ground beneath We then turned to the trees Our ground is now without shelter Crusted, battered and weak Yet we...

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MANY MILES TO PEACE

Is there a land of no violence? A constant stillness; from far you hear its silence. A land of quiet beauty, No flaws in its society or sobriety. Is there a land of no greed? Revamped with love, tranquility exceeds; A land far from chaos, No segregation of tribe, all...

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(H)EART(H) OF DARKNESS

What a wonderful world! A beautiful composite of opposites: Behold nature in her beauty And man in his foolery Ravaging everywhere like a colossus; His heart, dangerously obnoxious Who can understand the pit? Heart of darkness! Earth of blessedness! What a wonderful world! Written by: Oladipo Gbenro Eyitayo Edited by:...

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