CIVILIZATION

Look at what they have given us now We have laughed upon the sphinx Little by little, some jejune black children Bricked up the pyramids My black sister Whose ebony face is a temple of beauty Started her domestic soup from Nok’s relic The Greeks stood like pantheons over all...

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MAIDUGURI

Maiduguri, oh! ‘home of peace.’ Ancestral abode of the kanuri,my countrymen. Innocent blood now flood your Ngadda River. Deserted streets littered with shells and grenades. Unguarded souls die like fowls in the Kyarimi Park.

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A LITTLE MISTAKE

A little mistake and a man fell off a cliff of thoughts A little mistake and a tear exposed the eyes to a running sea A little mistake, and legs birth’d debris-like woods A little mistake and oh! the flame of love stooped and stooped until its ashes could go...

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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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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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I’M IN ALEPPO

Dance of terror on the pinion of war To the rhythm of doom Here I live or die No defence against the claws of the tyrant City of commerce turns city of woe In the regime our foe They came upon us with a storm Thunder-bolts and artillery lightning The...

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BLAME IT ON ME

To those who lost their persons, property, and lives In the harmful hands of big babies … Toddlers, brain-washed by the doctrines of hypocrisy Big babies who see no wrong in odious deeds I know your eyes have bled enough water to overflow the Red Sea Please cry no more…...

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WAR

My pen must do what my arms cannot It must say what my tongue dares not My pen must shout till my voice is heard It will say that, which has remained unsaid The words of thunder come through my pen They right the wrong with confidence My pen is...

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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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I SAW THE SUN WEEP

The shining sun stared sternly at the busy earth mortal clays jumped here and there with toiling hands and their suffering sweat brought out tears from the sun’s eyes through steep paths from bush to roads, heavy loads travelled on bent backs to noisy markets beggars begging beggars short skirt...

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