1st October

1st October

If my humble poetics can lobby
The wise men that carve our legal paths
Let them rethink about 1st October
Let them remember the hungry faces
Let them remember the unannounced demise
Of the masses all in the name of change
Let them remember the economic chameleon
That roves around at Alaba and Onitsha markets
Closed stores, empty warehouses and cashless cash
All in the name of change

What is 1st October when we’re burning
What is 1st October when Kwashiorkor is our skin-colour
What is 1st October when we build million cemeteries
What is 1st October when we wake up hopeless
What Is 1st October when we come home homeless
What is 1st October when bombs are planted in our land
What is 1st October when we are strangers in our fatherland
What need for celebration; jubilation in tribulation
Celebration in commotion and hilarity in anxiety

If my humble Poetics can stir our wise men
Those gentle elites on ‘One thousand five’ and suit
To soul searching and truth-seeking
To call back our strayed mother
To calm and comfort her hopeless children
Seeking for refuge across the sea
When they have bungalows and mansions
They lie ‘roofless’ and emaciated
Some bundled out packaged like Sardines
Others mop concrete floor with their teeth

What is 1st October when we’re still in rusty chain
What is 1st October when we’re still political babies
What is 1st October when we’re still sugar ‘daddies and mummies’
What is 1st October when we’re still slaves to dollar
What is 1st October when we’re still slaves to bribery and corruption
What is 1st October when we’re still supporters of disunity
What is 1st October when we still stifle the positive wind of change
All in the name of change: ‘changing the unchangeable ‘
If 1st October must be cerebrated first let’s be liberated
From mental colonialism, mental tribalism and mental materialism
Until then let 1st October be a civic feria: less feasting and more fasting



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