31 Days of Poetry - Day 17 - BLACK SKIN, SLAVE SKIN? - by KIS

(... HIS POEM ...)

Dark men bleed dead on Zuma's ground
No more to hear the piercing sound
Of white man's bullets flying by
Nor shake their head, or breathe a sigh!

So I ask, are we still slaves?


Once and again on running track
Bolt beat them all, a tall man black
And did you not all clap with glee
For all the watching world to see?


Black Barack kid from Kenya's hill
He rules sure at Capitol Hill;
Did not your wives and young'uns
Blow loud for him the victory Horns?


Did not black Ben with coallike skin
Make a miracle no eyes have seen?
Did Ben not share the Binder boys
And let them both to pick their toys!


I'm sure you know Emeagwali
And sure you fear the black Ali
What would you say of Luther King
Or Soyinka of whom we sing?


Would Maya Angelou not weep
And Stevie Wonder purse his lips?
What would you say to Jesse Jack
And every great one with skin black?

Please tell me, are we still slaves?


EGC:  Your Real Name & Stage Name 
KIS: Kukogho Iruesiri Samson (KIS)

EGC:  Discipline/What You Do
KIS: Media and Communications

EGC:  Other Creative Art Forms You Practice 
KIS: 2 dimensional art (wood), drawing

EGC:   What Made You Go Into Poetry 
KIS: The need to express

EGC:  Kind Of Poems You Write/Perform
KIS: A poetry forms interest me, with a bias for rhymes and imagery

EGC:  People Who Inspire You In Poetry 
KIS: Tolu Akinyemi

EGC:  What You Hope To Achieve With Poetry 
KIS: To have my say in the worldview

EGC:  Your First Time At Be Blessed 
KIS: Can’t remember, 2013 perhaps

EGC:  How Many Times You Came To Be Blessed 
KIS: I’ve been at Be Blessed thrice

EGC:  Poets You'd Like To See At Next Be Blessed 
KIS: All young Nigerian poets

EGC:  Most Memorable Edition Of Be Blessed And Why
KIS: All editions have been rewarding

EGC:  What You Missed About Be Blessed 
KIS: The interaction and expression of raw talent

EGC:  What You Like About EGC

KIS: The fact that all participants are given equal opportunity on the platform


  1. Indeed an interesting piece. I like the allusion, the concept, the choice of word and the main message in the poem. It's a well done to you, Sir.


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