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Tears From The Swamp

Author: Joseph Osita

From the swamp
Haunts me the tears of my blood
Stripped of all hope-the soil to shelter
And banished to swim in oil-poisoned sea
Do they know
Ghost of revenge haunts the weeping soul?

 From the swamp
All sorrow-veiled mourners gather
To unfold reaper's choice of the day
As muscles are crushed by soldiers’ bullet fury
Poised by Hobson's choice
Young men breed strength for crime
For ghost of revenge is haunting the weeping soul

From the swamp
Haunts me the stammering musket of angry souls
Where owners beg stealers the share of oil 
And the dead man’s amnesty is of twilight solution
For ghost of revenge will forever haunt the weeping soul

On the oil rich people of Niger Delta who are given peanuts by Nigeria government, despite oil companies’ excessive spillage in the region. 
The people hauled their anger against the government but were apprehended by Nigerian Army.  
For Michael J Faloticho's 'Sounds of a cry'

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  1. Date: 8/4/2011 10:45:00 PM
    this is so sad. The world is getting worse and worse every day and Iam feeling sad about so many things. well, i see that you won with this poem. Congratulations for that.

  1. Date: 8/4/2011 11:43:00 AM
    Wow, I was not aware of this problem in Nigeria. How sad that Nigerians were arrested for protesting the oil companies' pollution. The oil companies' actions seem unconscionable and I wonder if they sense the haunting of weeping souls. Remember, Joey, God is listening to their cries and he is the equalizer in eternal life. Very powerful write, my friend. Goes to my faves and congratulations on your win! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 8/4/2011 10:42:00 AM
    Kudos on your placing in Michaels sounds of a cry contest Joseph

  1. Date: 8/4/2011 10:20:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in Michael's "Sound Of A Cry" contest Joseph. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/4/2011 4:00:00 AM
    hey Joseph, congrats on your win, David

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 8:59:00 PM
    Congrats on the win, Joseph

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 7:15:00 PM
    We should all be weeping for the unfainess of it. congratulations on your win. Lve, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 6:26:00 PM
    Congrats Joseph on another amazing victory with these wonderful lines of prolific poetry so profound and touching..luv..

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 6:21:00 PM
    Congrats on your win in the contest!! Love the line "Haunts me the stammering musket of angry souls" a very creative piece of poetry indeed, and a touching story.

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 5:21:00 PM
    Wonderful write Joseph......... Best of Luck in the Contest..!!!!!!!

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 2:45:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading this one..It is not good that the poor suffer plus the land suffers from the companies doing what is not right..Good luck in the contest...Reads like a winner to me..Thanks for stopping by, reading, and commenting on my work..The one that you read was not an entry into the contest...Sara

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 11:49:00 AM
    Terrific write dear poet ! And an excellent entry for Michael's contest ! Have a wonderful week...much love, james