WHAT IF WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER

The life force of brotherhood Is ensnared by indigenous strain And strangled by strife of tradition Man is become enemy to his kin Existence becomes distressed And its hues, spoiled and soiled By the blemishes of bloodletting The black streaks of godly fervor A legacy of clashing cultures And merchandise...

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FARRAGO

The fight of the titans; Killings and maimings… I cry for them; Those they’ve condemned, Those who go too soon And they, subjected to ignorance’ boon, Seeking only to cause harm. Morons on the loose; Banking on empty promises Of after-life-virgins, They take innocent breath. Tell me, shall carnality exist...

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GO WARN GOWON

Go warn Gowon that he hasn’t really won Those he won at dusk are better at dawn The Kwashiorkor kids are no longer hungrily down The gaunt and vanquished wear no frown Warn GoWon he hasn’t really won! Do you have pleasant sleeps or ruptured dreams? See swollen tummies at...

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THE AFTERMATH

Let thunder hold her roar Like the muteness of a potter’s field. The cry of the bugle that woke us to war Is dumb and none can rise To ring the bell at the tower. Think it! Who shall hear? Now, this harvest of bloodshed Shall serve vultures With a...

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RIVERSONG

I have been here all along. Watching patiently, like an owl I sit. I am awash with blood Like the butcher’s cutlass; In disgust, I spit upon this sands. I have been here all along, They even gave this land my name. I danced and rejoiced when she was set...

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A TRIAL TRIOLET

I want to summon You, God. You must account for those swine! Will you, or must we use that rod? I want to summon You, God. Will You pay heed to where they trod? They fed on our spines, desecrated Your human shrines! I want to summon You, God. You...

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THE WORLD WITHIN

  Imagine a world without discrimination; Where black and white speak of harmony Where no mouth pronounces ‘segregation’ Where all sing only the hymn of unity …the world is within us; Singing a song of harmony Day and night in our minds But we seek only vanity …the world is...

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IF ONLY

Themselves they waged war against Placing a rift between themselves Their fingers they consider as meat To see their blood is their life’s love; Apart, themselves they tore Assuming positions so parallel; Amongst themselves they war Out, themselves, they are determined to level; They war on the trail The trail...

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THE TOWER

Go to; let us build us a tower, Bring the mortar and I’ll get the hammer, Brick after brick let us invade their heaven, Make the dough and I’ll sprinkle the leaven. Go to; let us come to haggle At Babel’s majestic mystic temple Let’s dance to the solemn cryptic...

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