31 DAYS OF POETRY- DAY 6- TELL THEM (WHY WE DID IT)- by Ndukwe Onuoha


A baby cries
The tenth time that morning
Inspired by the music of the rumbling in her tummy
Her soprano cuts through the air
Riding on waves of heat and despair
For you see, there is no hope here
So she cries
On and on till the mother can take no more
See, her weary breasts are dry and sore
She’s a victim of life and patron of death
So today she pays another debt
Splash
There will be no more crying
And no more laughter
Not in the house of the grieving father
Whose sons will never return
Cursed be the day they were born
Or the day they were torn
From his weak and failing arms
Who will tend his dying farm?
Or carry on his name
Or carry on his name
God, who is he to blame?
So there will be no more laughter
But the clap of a dane gun’s thunder
And the shrieks of a grieving mother
The inferno of consuming anger
Death is our desire
So we share
Generously
Our pain
Religiously
Our gain
The cemetery
Our life
Tragedy
So should the police knock down your door
Asking why we raised the roof and burned the floor
Demanding you give an explanation, or…
Tell them why we did it.



NdukweOnuoha is a copywriter, a poet, and an advocate for good governance in Nigeria.  He resides in Lagos Nigeria, where he is a copywriter and a Poet. He has performed at some of Lagos’ most acclaimed poetry circles like Anthill 2.0, Chill and Relax, Taruwa, Freedom Hall, Word up, Unchained Voices, etc. He has been highly commended for his poems such as ‘Boom!’ and ‘Puff, puff, pass’. Friends hope he will become the governor of Abia State, Nigeria, someday.

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