31 Days of Poetry - Day 11 - ALLAH AKBAR IN JESUS' NAME - by Graciano

(... HIS POEM ...)

Because we've drawn dividing rules on 
the scrolls of righteousness, 
Insha Allah, I'm a Christian and the
gods are my witness.
So, "Allah Ak'bar in Jesus' name";
Let's  keep meddling in this cheating game. 
Here, religion kills the fainting,
While the culprit is relieved. 
Morals see the renting, 
While the hermit mourns more than the bereaved. 
If Jihad is a charading Teletubby, 
Why do we still count the blood in the Tesbih?
If fishing and being selfish are not the same, 
Why do classes access the assets' game? 
The chaplet enslaved us, 
Covered us with the blood of Jesus. 
The turbans hide our heirs 
The Hijabs seal our caring tears. 
Even now, christianed jihads roam from Rome,
Roam from Rome to confluence here into pogroms. 
Men of gods become gods of men, 
Replacing sensible harangues with shameful 'Amens'!  
These holy profane elephants
Shrink the traditional good into mere ants.
Their whiteness stain our blackness with darkness. 
Their white collars baptize the noose, 'kindness'. 
Back-to-sender these religions 
off from these regions. 
They're cancerous, get us surgeons. 
But if we can't be sanitized by dialysis, 
We'll still grope for the peace that will pieces Isis.
Until then, we'll meddle in the cheating game.
Until then, it's "Allah Ak'bar in Jesus' name.
Allah-luyah, amen!


EGC:  Your Real Name & Stage Name 

EGC:  Discipline/What You Do
GRACIANO: Poet, Writer, Teacher and Media consultant. 

EGC:  Other Creative Art Forms You Practice 
GRACIANO: All forms of writing. (Poetry, Scripts, essays etc)

EGC:   What Made You Go Into Poetry 
GRACIANO: It's a long story. Shortly put, poetry was the easiest way for me to express myself and archive my experiences without wasting so much time, paper and words. Unlike prose, because of the cryptic nature of page poetry (which by the way was what I started with), I could express myself assertively and still won't get into trouble with some principalities. 

EGC:  Kind Of Poems You Write/Perform
GRACIANO: I've experimented with virtually all the types of poems that would interest my readers and still serve the purpose of helping me to express myself adequately. But for my spoken word poems, if it's a versed poem, I make use of choruses and refrains but if it isn't versed, I'd just resolve to doing the free verse. 

EGC:  People Who Inspire You In Poetry 
GRACIANO: For my page poetry, those that inspire me are William Shakespeare, Professor Isidore Diala and Ugochukwu Iwuji (Aluta UG).

My rebirth into writing and performing spoken word poetry was inspired in 2008 by Professor Niyi Osundare's articles and poetry while my Gospel poems are greatly influenced by Rev. Tari Hudson Ekiyor. 

EGC:  What You Hope To Achieve With Poetry 
GRACIANO: I hope to achieve virtually everything that poetry has and can ever offer: Expression, wealth, stardom, edutainment and a means to archive my legacies. 

EGC:  How Many Times You Came To Be Blessed 
GRACIANO: I've been to Be Blessed twice.

EGC:  Poets You'd Like To See At Next Be Blessed 
GRACIANO: Poets I'd like to see at the next Be Blessed event would be all the Poets at Be Blessed 13 (Those that competed), I'd like to see how they must have improved. I'd like to see Samurai, Kemistree, Prestige, The Goddess Diana-Abasi and if it won't be much of a stretch, I'd like to see Torpedo Mascaw and Ma'am Donna. 

EGC:  Most Memorable Edition Of Be Blessed And Why
GRACIANO: My most memorable time at Be Blessed would be at Be Blessed 13. Yes, because asides workshops, the kind of poetry event that I fancy a lot is the slams. Though I wasn't allowed to compete and was instead, relegated to judge it, I still felt all the goosebumps and spasms in the right places and times. The Goddess, Diana-Abasi Iquo Eke and the Truth man, Prestige (fellow judges) added to the fun. 

EGC:  What You Missed About Be Blessed 
GRACIANO: I miss the Open Mic Sessions, because that was where some very good poets from the west that I adore a lot had had their first go. 

EGC:  What You Like About EGC

GRACIANO: I like EGC for being the first brand to have awarded poets based on their meritorious performances, for trying to experiment with all the kinds of poetry events... though I wish they work more on the Open Mic and start something about nurturing young poets by way of workshops, seminars and symposia. Thanks a bunch and more grace. 


  1. Beautiful work

    I like the use of words.

    The poet is in a class of his of own.


  2. Each time I read one of Grrr's poems, I go "This is the best!", and then I read another one and get blown away again.

  3. Sir Grr!
    Sir Grr!
    That's almost all I can say. You're good, and your zeal for the art keeps our fire burning!

  4. Woah! This is prolific, Gracciano! You are a master of your own poetic style. Your imageries are so strong and dramatic yet inspiring. I knew I'd enjoy reading your poem.


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