Through A River Of Questions, Darkly

Through A River Of Questions, Darkly

A strangeness courses through me

One not unfamiliar to my being

A warm glow brews inside

Anger rises with a raging tide of emotions

News of a foul deed

Rages across the land

Unleashing torrents of bile

From one and all.

What manner of life would another’s take

with such savagery and bestiality?

What heart pounding with life-giving blood

Would another’s heart pound till it ceased to beat

Spilling the very blood that gives it life?

What manner of womb that cradled life

Would stand a-watch and cheer on

As life is brutally cut short?

What purveyor of law and order

Would in defiance of his sacred oath

Suffer a maddening mob

To desecrate lives

For whom an oath was taken to protect and serve?

Tongues rose in condemnation

Of a deed most foul

Christians and heathens alike

Rulers and the ruled

Beat their chests in anger

For a crime most heinous

In our rage

The truth is buried

In our quest for vengeance

The message is lost

The bereaved ask for justice

But we bay for blood

Unleash on the beasts

A hundredfold of the savagery

They meted out to their victims

Tongues that profess Christ

Spew curses from the depths of hell

On generations unborn.

Questions within

Answers without

Once, we cheered on

That which we now deprecate

How soon we forget

That we are who we condemn.

(In memory of the Aluu 4)



6 thoughts on “Through A River Of Questions, Darkly” by esosa (@esosa)

  1. Nice poem.
    That tragedy was a disgrace to humanity

  2. Gruesomely sad…. nice work @esosa

  3. This is a better poem jawe. thanks for the emotions and questions

  4. Nice poem. And this line is a masterful crafting of words:

    What heart pounding with life-giving blood

    Would another’s heart pound till it ceased to beat

    Well done. Keep improving your art.

  5. Made in Nigeria (TM) justice. We all hope justice is dispensed this time.

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