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Conversation of a Nigerian with Nigeria

Uncertainty, 'grand potentate', 
swathes my lure
For renewed insight. I dropp 
My groove, primed, to settle my 
lot. Help! 

Modest citizen. Our battles, 
For selfish intent, lunges at your 
faceless sense.
We have rasped our own 
reasons from
Bullets impassive, gratifying bills
Upon your waters of slackness 
tethered slow

He, skirmished hearer to define 
Wit-flourished folly, clasps 
sweaty palms, 
Murmurs chrysalis of half-
hearted wishes: 
I slack to lack, vision spires for 
tatty hope
Tosses my insight upon starved 
ambiance. Help! 

No thrill, no ornate flight for 
Just one 'grand potentate' nods 
Spreads fancy upon polished 

We saw you lose route upon 
hundreds and
Tin and columbite- we glimpsed 
Of your self-righteous mutiny 
By flat angst.
We falter at your gates of 

Fifty-two fetid years, freshly dour 
for me, 
Turns my flesh to scales. Forgive, 
'grand potentate'
To fling at me abundant pellets, 
lost or left.
Of grisly death I sniff, brash and 
Fifty-two fetid years flame my 

We must fling pellets, but now, 
your allies
Must bolt their greed against 
your waters, hassled
And strew you nether with 
backward tides

A resurrected applause in steep 
praise. His cabinet
Indulges my lassitude to forbear 
Moans and tears
Fifty-two flaming years, will me 
not, sheer contortion
Only one stirred heart to fight 
along many

Copyright © Oludipe Samuel | Year Posted 2012


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  1. Date: 3/9/2016 12:15:00 AM

    Oludipe, Enjoyed the way you expressed every line. Please keep writing, hope to see a new one from you again. LOVE LINDA
  1. Date: 1/10/2016 4:40:00 PM

    Oludipe, I enjoyed reading your excellent poem today. Thanks for sharing ---SKAT
  1. Date: 8/27/2012 8:46:00 AM

    I can identify with your story about our country, dear compatriot.