Bound tight by blinding shock,
Captured stiff by coaled astonishment,
Enslaved hard by utter incredulity,
In sight to four tortured sacrifices -
Humiliated human bonfires to appease the dark lords.
It was a bad dream; a demented nightmare!
And I was being sucked in. I had to wake up, fast!
I awoke - and it stared at me defiantly in the face;
Obdurately reinforcing its reality; I wilted - as I
Stared at the fanatical apostles of nihilism.
We've all become feral animals - maniacal brutes!
Innocent or guilty - it matters not!
Indeed, madness reigns supreme in our midst;
The spirit of unbridled brutality has run amok!
Sick, sick, heads, journeying all over; what barbarism!
A finger pointing; four others looking back.
Tell me, who is innocent? None!
Tell me, who breathes without sin? None!
But, what do we see in the land?
Unhinged lunacy - a morbid display on a polluted earth.
Our shepherds continually play deaf
To the collective desires of their sheep.
The doors of frustration has long blown wide open -
Rapidly ushering out diverse evils, without measure.
The land is swollen with generational blood;
While truth and equity remains constant illusions.
Remember, wrongly wielding the sword,
Paves straight to perishing by it;
Comeuppance to the vile executioners!
For the painfully departed, right words, I have none.
Ergo, Nigeria, our Nigeria, I plead; for mercy I plead,
On you, on me, on us; for divine fortitude for
All connected with lives, young and not, already lost.
(c) Ikenna.C.Igwe, 2012