MAN’S FOLLY (an Earth poem)

Man said… I shall make plains Out of towering mountains And, without sweat or pains, Erase rivers like mere stains. …and he does! He whispers… I shall gather gold, Dig deep into the Earth And raid its strongest holds For all that has worth. …and he does! He shouts… I...

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REMINISCENCE (for Saro Wiwa)

The rope dangled His lifeless-body danced The executioner laughed The heavens shut eyes! Outside, we opened hands Pleading for his life and his friends’ We threw away dresses When it was obvious we’d lost! Seventeen years have gone by We’ve been here, hoping That the rain or sun would message...

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THIS WICKED FLOOD

Must we at the temple’s hill Hear the preacher’s talk “You must each other kill And even their children you must stalk!” Shan’t the preachments from heaven Bring peace and heal our clobbered hearts Without any mixture of leaven, Shielding us from poisonous darts? Stop making us vassals of hate!...

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TEARS FOR THE DEAD

My face is wet and I know not yet whether it is rain or tears My heart beats with spasmodic feats.Is it anticipation or fears? I see through the blur of an eye drowned in color, lifeless, the fingers that led me through the years. O reaper, blind did you...

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STENCH IN THE NOSE OF GOD

The murder of mother earth; shedding of blood Is but a breathing stench in the nose of God! Man against man, no one knows another. Woman against woman, all is put asunder. Brother against sister, the cord is broken. The scion forgets that his breath is a token. The earth...

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