CRACKING TONE By John Chizoba Vincent

Come,

let me take you to Nigeria

for you to hear faint echoes of corruption;

I will be your hearing ear for the night we

spend there-

When they ask you the time of change,

tell them the messiah shall come from the east

with a cup of wine and pieces of kola nuts.

Tonight, we shall make their mouth a talking drum,

to tell our hands, our pens to write our discovery.

We shall dance before the naked moonlight,

not dumb but mouth gagged,

not lame but legs shackled,

we shall not write about something positive

even if we ought to write, we shall write of suffering?

Maybe it’s okay to see them sing stupidly,

are you so confused? I saw pity in your eyes.

Are you after their change sickness?

I really don’t know anything about this land anymore

because they are so engrossed with their problems.

I slept and woke up still no change has come,

so permit me to write about the pains here.

I have nothing more to think sleeping on bed

of roses and waking on a sorrowful chain of change.

When they ask, you ask and I ask again,

remember, not all trees are tall in the forest.

Follow their cracking lips and you shall

see the shapeless pattern of their calamities.

“change is not our problem but we are our problem”

This you must tell them before we leave tonight.

When it is dawn,

we shall sip our tears with our lips then move

on with our lives waiting for the right time to ask

our oga at the top-

“When is the change, Mr President?”

 

Other works by the same author:

ELEMENT OF FREEDOM By John Chizoba Vincent

ALONE WITH MY THOUGHT

FROM THE PINK DIARY by John Chizoba Vincent

POETS ARE POOR

WE ARE NOT COWS TO BE SLAUGHTERED

3 IN 1 POEM BY JOHN CHIZOBA VINCENT (CONCOBILITY, NIGERIA HAS GONE MAD AGAIN 2, WHEN PEACE RETURNS)

I AM A WOMAN By John Chizoba Vincent

 

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