To Nigerian gods

Kubor Dietei Gimeoin 1990 (Port Harcourt)

gods, we have endured deadly strokes,
Feign laughter
in place of tears,

tied lips tired of dying,
sad silence sighing in silence
for the size of gun
launched against itching throats.

gods, we have come fortified
against any assegai.
for silence lied of a dreamed country
that swiftly drift like fireflies…

silent lips that died of silence
has rolled timidity in victory
Like the angel rolled away the stone that swore to keep Him there

we are the red bandanna
advertising grievances
Singing asa wana, wana
asa gbua, gbua
on the abused creeks.

We are the black bandanna
mourning brothers who had died in the struggle
asking esinminiya?

gods, you have come against us with your weapons of war:
Of  trained troops,
Of matchless machetes,
Of boomy bombs
Of guns and gunboats
Of grinding grenades

But we come against you with the spirit
Of already dead does it matter to be rotten.


About this poem

I wrote this because of environmental degradation. The sight of oil on water, and dead fishes floating on water with no show of the abusers provoked me.

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Written on January 20, 2022

Submitted by Kudietei on October 13, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 893
Words 176
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 3, 4, 4, 3, 5, 3, 6, 2

Kubor Dietei Gimeoin

I am the sixth child of seven. I grew up in Lobia, a riverine village where our rivers and lands are degraded. This reality is what made me a poet. I have written several unpublished poems. more…

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