AMALGAMATION OF PAINS by Bada Yusuf Amoo

Green and white detribalised our existence Our grumblings are more private than public Alas! Our ears have been listened to dialogues Will writers present a collective opinion? While the nation’s children live together Like children of unknown concubines Fighting for the rights of their mothers Would the writers watch? Men...

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THE RIGHTFUL DENIZEN

When allies degenerate into foes, then The heart evicts her denizen When the voice becomes a litany The swaying leaves lose their rhythm The hunter only hunts his bait From its shell, detaches the snail The ground trembles As the couple rumble Everything goes wrong Everybody mourns Life loses her...

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I NO FIT SHOUT

“Na wen u break cook egg U go sabi say some dey carry double yoke” Na im be the best answer I get from oga minister When i ask why draw-draw No fit comot for our ogbono soup Na im i say no need to ask Why e be say...

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IF WE WERE ALL PARANOIACS

If only we were all paranoiacs Fighting Boko Haram would not be a crime Dissolving cabals would not be task If only we were all paranoiacs We wouldn’t have gone to church Shouting Hallelujah on Monday morning If only we were all paranoiacs None would store money in a gigantic...

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CIVILIAN TO POLICE

Hey, unpretigious friend! You clad in dark uniformed attire, Glued to your gluttonous body like a bird to its feather! As you parade in the lazy pride it gives, Its sour scent troubles civilian stomachs! “Police is your friend!” You chewed and spat the lofty words, Seeking undeserved well-done handshakes!...

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GREEN LANDS

I’ve watched the sun rise and set, morns and eves Its orange display would hold me captive Blissful breeze emanating from surrounding trees Blows tenderly, never throws sand on me. Those trees, timber farmers murdered for wood Once proud tall trees green with life and food Now unwillingly bow to...

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MEN IN BLACK

“Park! Park! Park! Wey your particulars?” They bark. Bark! Bark! Harassing us, like a Rottweiler, They spring out from the dark, Pouncing on the innocent Doctor, student, driver, actress… Compounding our daily stress. “Park! Park! Park! Wey your particulars?” They bark! Bark! Bark! But, they seek our colored notes in...

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THE ANTHEM

The anthem reverberates in our head, That we are the leaders of tomorrow. So young and naive, like morons, We waited for the day of manifestation. Alas, they only camouflaged to rule And we marched to their sweet verse, “The leaders of tomorrow”, But tomorrow never comes! We stood by...

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