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First Stanza

Clear was the day
Bright was the sun
The clouds were happy
And the skies
Beleaguered the city was an aura of serenity
Sparrows leaped towards the horizon
Into the deep heavens
The city was blissful
Its oppidan denizens did their daily duties
There was no presage of distress
Except the trouble they had brought from their houses
But like the devil came this steel hawk
Charging thro the skies like an angry bull
As fire blaze its tail
Oh great Phoenix
What do thou want?
What prey do thou seek
For echoes of the war was heard far beyond
The Jericho walls of the city
But the great Ave laid an egg
Black and shiny like my grandmother’s cooking pot
Some say it was mana from heaven
The bird has come to feed God’s children 
A man said
Envisioning sweeter bread than azym

Alas! Silence is murdered
The egg hatches follows then was the roar
Mighty was the roar
Mightier than 300generations
Of prides of lions all at once
With talons of raging fire
And infernos of death
I saw the astral recipe
The great monster devoured the city
The sun was born of the earth
Young she was
Yet she grew more
Till she was as hugeous as the god of the titans
Murderous mushroom
The very Hydra
Meadea’s alterego
In her black eyes I saw cold cruelty
Her hands were but callous like those of the hangman’s
With a rock for a heart
Mercy had fled from her inner thinking
Oh Loki!
Ancient evil
Why could thou not have cometh at a better hour?
Why do thou chooseth this very hour as thy Ragnarok?
Why have thou waited so late?
Yet so early for her Hecatomb?
Hush!It is too late
He Armageddon is ripe
A whole tree has been raised to the dust
Lost and forgotten
Like the perished city of Atlantis
With all its talents and treasures
Still Noah sleeps
For the ark was not there
But we pray that we may not see yet another

But can a man or beast 
Elucidate how something so timid can yet be so lethal
From an atom to a pea
From a pea to an oak tree
From a little flower lying in the Elysian Fields
To the mother of all chimeras
Sojourning through the burning lakes of Gehenna
The genius of a man conceived it
Inspired by the wing footed Mercury
To unlock the enchanted secrets of Mars
The ultimate weapon
To change the way men wore the amour
And how they held the sword
And to unleash eternal damnation on her foes
By the smite of its glaive

Copyright © Olusegun Akanbi

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