Nigerians: 'We Are Cornered in a Miry Tavern…Like New Yams in Tattered Barn'

Nigerians: 'We Are Cornered in a Miry Tavern…Like New Yams in Tattered Barn'

 

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ELITES (A Poem)

 

Samuel Daniel mirrors the stark reality of Nigerians in this thought-provocking work of poetry.

 

Read below:

 

They want to rule and govern

Over folks cornered in the tavern

Like new yams in a tattered barn

 

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I remember when you said to us

With stars dancing in your eyes

That you were our brother

We saw the stars in your eyes

And the plea within your clasped fingers

We believed you

 

I remember too when you said

With a soothing balm on your tongue

That you were our kinsman

Our representative going to stand for us

We felt the sugary charm from your mouth

And compared it to the vinegar full in our bowls

We followed you

 

It’s been a while

And now we ask ourselves

How you can be our brother

When you don’t look at all like us

When your fat full-blown face having the gleam of the moon

Does not resemble our dull sunken eyes

When you fly with ease across the sky

And we can barely crawl 

Over the broken portions on the ground

 

How can you be our kinsman

When, like a complete stranger, 

You do not recognise the entreaty in our mother’s eyes

Or the anger on our father’s brow

You have forgotten everything you told us

And our words don’t mean a thing

 

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You just want to rule and govern

You do not care that we are cornered in the tavern

Like new yams in a tattered barn

 

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Written by Samuel Daniel, Editor and Content Writer at TORI.NG

Email: danielsamuel366@gmail.com

Twitter: @iamsamdan

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