TEARS WON’T DROP

I see pains, sorrows I see a golden spoon turn to clay Greenish leaves now brownish A royalty feeding with a pauper All brings shame and mockery But my tears won’t drop My eyes are swollen Filled with an ocean of waters Shining like the early sun It glitters beyond...

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BLOOD STAIN IN THE SUN

Bloodstain in the sun Evil has eaten deep into our fatherland Taking away souls strand by strand Killing people with an invisible hand Tears have run dry in our eye Watching innocent souls as the die Bitterness flows in our throats Our men being slaughtered like goats Where is the...

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HAREM OF PRETENDERS

I flinch from our gullibility; Made vulnerable by our love for sentiments Who forced us down into This putrid water to swim? We, the people who elect To elect and empower them – bigots to shepherd us We are the drummers And the praise singers Why then do we scorn...

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OUR MOTHERLAND

Empty hopes sunk in bloody impoverishment Battered, brutalized by ‘GeePee’ tank bellies They escort the gold to fatten their pulse And package poverty to bless the shallow forks Boko harms Nigerians, slaughtered as rams Parents are orphaned, children made childless R.I.P becomes an anthem, fear floods the green fields As...

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EOPP 2014: WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Winners have emerged in the Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2014. Several poets from all around the world heeded the call for submissions with poems of top quality, touching on every aspect of social change. After the second round, the following poets emerged winners: 1st Prize N20,000 Winner ‘PETALS IN THE MORNING SUN’ (by Darlington Ekene Ogugua)...

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FORGIVENESS

All around me I see the faces that are hurting I hear the hearts splintering under the weight of your betrayal Everything once shared fast withering into nothingness Visions of a future with you teetering on the precipice of expulsion I feel the trust – once so priceless – disintegrating...

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OUR FAMILY OF POETS

Proud I am of the Pride The family inspiring poetic literacy Terrace of study where ignorance dies Hearts of knowledge that murder sins Paradigm of peace, achingly pleasing Here will my lust and lost will be sought And my Achilles heel be cured of its wound Words Rhymes And Rhythm...

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