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At the darkest hour of night Before night shadows Steal across the wall of darkness Into the welcoming hands of dawn; As with defecting soldiers At Korea's demilitarized zone With my spoke, I stoked the fire Sending it's glamorous flame Spiraling, hissing, revolving and tumbling Like a million ocean waves, Unraveling itself in its splendor; Surging, lunging forward Like a roaring lion Seeking to subdue it's helpless prey We encamped around the fire At the village ilo Titled men of Onicha ugbo, Telling tales of valor To psyche themselves To the point of equilibrium As men saturated in a binge Of utaba, kola-nut and red bull, With eyes of fire, Await words of armistice From Ukwunzu village Drenched in the momentous suspense Characterized by the uncertainty and promise Which sneak in with dawn As night tired limbs, Like a ship gliding through A voluptuous Ocean, Navigates the unwinding path of darkness, Devouring it copiously, Seeking with desperation To berth at dawn's Promising shores Our despair turns to fear, Fear begets ambivalence And uncertainty translates To aspirations for Dawn's hopeful uhuru

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