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Lagos drags herself to work
She wakes and she burns
Sleep-drunk her belly churns
With footfalls on her tired back

Fumes rage from cars and trucks
Chimes in traffic hiccup
After rainfall her guts brim up
With clouds of dust and heat

Traders sell from window shops
Hawkers shout their goods and wares
In the bustle no one cares
As Lagos buries her face in the din

Moneymakers march around
With gaping holes in their smiles
Waiting quotes from a thousand miles 
Like eager miners of coal

Area boys in nooks and crannies
Unemployed lungs roaming the streets
Perpetrators of criminal feats
By-products of greed and corruption

The politician`s pensive mood
Surmise a swell time in the House
Passings of bills for a little grouse 
And time to loot the nation`s fund

Black beauties stroll past night clubs
Delicate bronze bodies in brocades
Outlines like silhouettes of sunshade
Waiting for Lagos` filial embrace

Lagos drags herself to sleep
She sleeps but she burns
In perpetual mirth she churns
While footfalls die away

Copyright © Jude Chukwuemeka

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  1. Date: 1/13/2009 6:23:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the Poetrysoup contest, dear Jude. lainie

  1. Date: 1/7/2009 4:49:00 PM
    I just wanted to drop by and add congratulations on having your poem selected as one of the contest winners to my other comment. Wishing you continued success with your writing. Karen

  1. Date: 1/5/2009 6:54:00 PM
    Congrats Jude on "Lagos" being chosen a winner in the September contest. Vince

  1. Date: 1/5/2009 5:28:00 AM
    Congratulations on being a finalist and having your poetry featured. Love Carol

  1. Date: 1/4/2009 4:34:00 PM
    Excellent poem, and well deserved to be among the finals ! Congratulations and good luck! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 1/4/2009 9:45:00 AM
    Jude - Seems to me like a double congratulations is in order – A Finalist and a featured poem – Great Job – God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 1/4/2009 6:35:00 AM
    Congrats on your win in the PS contest! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 11/30/2008 4:31:00 AM
    Jude - Congratulations on your poem making Round One of the PSoup poetry contest! Wishing you all the best in the finals and have a Happy Holiday season. Peace always, John

  1. Date: 11/11/2008 9:13:00 AM
    Congrats on making it through to the first round! Good luck in the finals! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 11/1/2008 4:53:00 PM
    You've painted incredible pictures here, Jude. This is just a magnificent write! Congratulations on being a "first round survivor" in the PoetrySoup contest. Best wishes to you.

  1. Date: 11/1/2008 4:46:00 PM
    Jude - Congrats on your poetry making it through to the next round – Great Job & God Bless

  1. Date: 10/28/2008 8:28:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through the first round. Good luck in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/27/2008 4:00:00 PM
    Hi Jude Congrats on your wonderful poem making the semi-finals and best of luck to you in the finals!! Love Light Truth Patricia

  1. Date: 9/4/2008 4:58:00 AM
    Congrats on this fine piece. Lagos sounds like most Eastern American cities. Love, Daver

  1. Date: 9/2/2008 4:18:00 PM
    Jude, Congrats on your poem being featured this week - a brilliant poem - a true portrayal of Lagos City. I have lived in Lagos for nearly 6 years and have first hand knowledge of the city - its go slows - its glories and its failures. I had the opportunity of rubbing shoulders with high and mighty. I have known both haves and have nots. Your poem presents their vivid desciption. Great! -Mohammad

  1. Date: 9/2/2008 7:54:00 AM
    Congratulations Jude, on the featuring of your poem "Lagos." Vince

  1. Date: 9/1/2008 8:25:00 PM
    Beautiful yet sad poem - congrats on being featured - God Bless

  1. Date: 8/31/2008 8:41:00 PM
    What a sad reflection, one that gives the reader something to ponder. Congratulations on having your poem featured. Keep on writing! Karen

  1. Date: 8/31/2008 6:21:00 PM
    Congratulations on your wonderful poetry being featured this week. Love, Shar