Monday, 29 April 2013

Poem: Blood Of The Natives

By Chidi Anthony Opara

The sullen sky
Fire rained
Onto the land of Baga.

Coven of carnivores.
Burned bodies
Begged to be buried.

Blood of the natives
Through their farmlands,
Through their fish farms,
Through the domains of their deities.

The scanty survivors of Baga
Like the scanty survivors of Odi
Are now refugees.

Mouthpieces of officialdom
The decrepit dais,
Mouthing sympathies.

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