The Coat of Harms

Written by: Muyideen Ayinla

A owl perched on a silvery shield
Flanked by two stallions with bullet riddled chest.
Bloods dripping on a earth of cactus,
And a motto which reads:
"Unity personified, and Hatred disguised."

On this shield once an eagle stood,
Which bore the meeting point of two great rivers
And the two gallant stallions once bubbling with soul
And the earth was green with floras,
While its motto once read:
Unity, peace and progress. 

The nation is gradually dying
Satirized by its coat of harms
As those whom we call our leaders-
Are hell bent on committing "Natricide"*


* A state of destroying a nation, its reputation, its people and its ideology.