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Isuikwuato

One wakes to the call of Nature everyday, with the sun ushering the day Huhuhu-lalala-kiki, all sort of songs welcome the sun’s golden streaks Crickets quiz, wasps and bees buzz, snakes hiss away, the clock ticked Familiar sounds echo, strong wind rushing through the high tree lines Underneath the vegetation, silent waters flow, but we […]

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The Countryside

Evening airs bring blessings to the sleepy hamlet The cute hut chimneys churn out thick smoke And the smoke scatter once they meet the wind The smoke suggest cooking food; fresh cabbage With cooked brown beans and fried Salmon Which was caught in the early morning, Just off the hamlets quiet but great rivulet The […]

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Poetale:  The Traveler and the Witch’s lair

There came a traveler weak and weary,  Fatigued with the heavy bag on his back And many tiny stones inside his shoes In his bag he carried a guitar for he could play well He fainted slowly, clinging closely to his life,  Hoping to see an inn or a well for water For he had […]

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Muse: The Rising Sun

When mornings come, it blankets the Earth with her mist Then the bees must search for nectar as the flowers wait,  The green and yellow hoppers stay in the sun, patient  Eating the full of the land; munching at the wheat Unconcerned, if the farmer will have enough to harvest Then the warmth of life […]

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The Castle called a man’s Heart

Have you heard or seen the dens or prisons where free men were kept?  If not, let me tell you about it, about the little details which no man told First, those men put their trusts in imaginations and false hopes  Clinging to the mirror, others casted for them for self discovery The colors they […]

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Lafia

Lafia when I looked up I saw you, I saw life I saw tomatoes squashed and gutted by the roadside And some tall mallams washing their legs and hands,  With their faces to the sun, preparing for the evening prayers,  I raised my eyes further, towards the East And lo, the route to home was trooping […]

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Nature’s Forest

Take me to the quiet streamside, where no mans traverse, disturbs Take me to the land, where my eyes see the beauty of your love The sound of swooshing forest trees bring peace  Actually there is no name for such queer tranquility,  The amusement provided by the choral forest enchants And the sight of slow […]

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Biafran Babies

I heard your songs soar through the thick forests, through the fields But the wind hid the song, your voice and your face from the world You were told to keep quiet, but if the hunger won’t let you from crying out Daada will have to drop you, so that the soldiers won’t find our […]

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Folk: the Warrior’s song

They call me Dike, yes! I ran the thorny forest barefooted, Even as the rough hills stood  I danced in the strong heavy rain When the thunder graced the storm Dike na Dimgba! Odogwu!! The one who fetched firewood from the land of the spirits And threw the deity’s messenger in a wrestling match I […]

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Colors

Colors are very beautiful They tell a lot about all; And a little about this and that The ocean, the sun The mice that live across The busy street roads Or the golden corn field And the wild, the deserts And the ice of Antarctica Colors describe our feelings Red with rage The royal purple… […]

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