Nigerian Lords and Swords

My country is full of lords
Who with corruptive swords
Castrate progress and dress in robes
Of sleaze and venality beyond mild scope

They take sumptuous breakfasts
Enjoying without thinking to cast
Crumbs to virtue’s breaking table
And breaking stability’s enduring cable

O-oh, Nigeria of lords and swords
My tearful eyes cry like no lords
And my cracking lips vomit vibes
Against the reign and conquest of spite

I don’t know like He knows
But before the cock crows
I’ll set forth at dawn
Mowing my vice-laden lawn

O-oh, Nigeria of lords and swords
Break not my heart’s breaking cords
I love you, Nigeria, my ancestral land
Dry my tears and sweat with truth’s cooling fan

8 thoughts on “Nigerian Lords and Swords” by innoalifa (@innoalifa)

  1. Ufuoma Otebele (@ufuomaotebele)

    Aw mehn! @innoalifa you are so good at this its crazy. But NS readers are not big fans of poetry and I hope we make them see the light…

    1. Poetry, as the prominent contemporary Nigerian poet, Odia Ofeimum says “is something written by a few, enjoyed by a few but it is something that continues into perpetuity.” Even if There are not so many Nsian lovers of poetry, I’m glad that you, @ufuomaotebele is one distinguished Nsian among the few who write and enjoy poetry.

      Let’s keep poeticizing dear!

    1. Ufuoma Otebele (@ufuomaotebele)

      @samoluexpress I think when a post is tagged “poetry,” it scares them off… how weird..

      1. @ufuomaotebele, even if poetry scares readers off, let’s not stop writing and enjoying poetry. It is, for me, the most amazing and ecstatic genre of literature…

    2. @ufuomaotebele @innoalifa That has kept me wondering also. Prose and Poetry should be balanced. Poetry is an artistic way of telling prose. Only that many people take a pass for prose over poetry.

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