By Opeyemi Oluwayomi
After: Betiku A. Samuel
-- ‘There are many hands here burying the sky.’
When the whites return to our cloth; used, we gleefully
cover our nakedness and gird our loins with African
pride. At that moment, we were like Zion that dreameth,
and we were glad to own our musty-ameliorated attire.
Recently, as we grow in our palmar flexion creases like
flowers in sandy soil, we clocked sixty-two in the callus
palm of a Fulani man and he became a sad note; fingers
shouldn’t have struck. Yesterday, a man of many cattle
and sheep roasted the only lamb of another. A king shot
his servant for being faithful, and in the pursuit of making
fingers equal, a merchant sold his dignity for coins. Still,
all we did was to blame the head for not soothing the pain
in the body. Here, I see hands clouding the sky from
beholding its stars and the moon, I see hands burying the
sky— yours, theirs, and ours, I see. This is how we wear
1/10/2022 05:12:48 pm
The song will change one day, I believe 😔
5/10/2022 06:21:30 pm
Joseph! You've captured decades with the right words! I must commend your talent. You've written well.
Daniel Kehinde Olalekan
8/10/2022 11:35:12 pm
Beautiful poem, really. So many themes in one poem. How beautiful! In the poem, I see hypocrisy, injustice, bad leadership, death and corruption. The poem opens with biblical allusion. "Nakedness" and "like ion that dreameth" are testaments of the biblical references in the poem. I see the sense of Independence, freedom, in the first few lines.
10/10/2022 09:20:52 am
You just mirrored Nigeria in fine words, Joseph. It's sad, though. I keep wondering when we're going to get it right.
10/10/2022 10:20:53 am
Well done Joseph. You made the truth less bitter with your choice of words hence one can't help but appericiate the creativity.
11/10/2022 03:55:41 am
We have the capacity to make Nigeria great again, this I believe.
11/10/2022 11:03:49 am
This is such a beautiful piece. I pray we get victory at last just like Zion. Your poem depicts Nigeria's reality. Showing this to my poet friend. Well done Joseph👏👏
11/10/2022 12:09:26 pm
Olamide Ojediran showed me this. Great poem, Nigeria would definitely stand strong!!!
Syntyche Omeinyinyi Success
12/10/2022 10:52:40 am
15/10/2022 05:36:50 pm
This is such a beautiful piece. I was captivated from the first line. I love how skillful you were with imagery. Well done, it’s an excellent piece.
16/10/2022 10:30:15 am
This is scintillating!
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