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In Conflict writing…They came in landing

I can’t explain the exact difference

between memory and recollection

both to my poetry

are like analyzing

…a dream

In Conflict writing…

They came in landing


and airplanes

and helicopters

and the breath were

the hot steam of war

sigh a murmur

from the congregated dead

ziz-zaged as the arrangement of this poem

I recreate

A land of racial ghost

and ethnic fear

Moss grow of the dead

as carpet on the trunk of trees,

and on a new page

a fresh grave lay beneath

dripping branches

underneath each story

I recollect of politicians


Phantom turning to the amazing heat of flames

when they encounter resistance

            from the poor

and the hungry

memory of the militants

recollection of religion


area boys

genocide! Genocide! genocide


and if a native was to see it

recollection of elders

…them as they corrupt the nation

the native was shot

or killed by accidental discharge

faith in Nigeria and Africa are broken

Bodies are broken

Branches of culture were searing,

thorn and thrown

I recollect a little blood

were bone poked through flesh

Talks about the genocidal child

In Lagos street

Interred, the corpse were lain flat

In the north as in Somalia

The hillside grave drained

Our literary voices

Till rigor mortis set in

On Association of Nigerian Authors

We write with the biggest pay


…for us the darkness is not a curse

The unborn child is corrupt

Me; tribalpoetry is also first a sham

The thankless occupation

That will kill me eventually


August 17, 2007 - Posted by | art, nigerdelta

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