Reflection | a poem by Rahaman Toheeb Abiola

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For someone who has never seen people dying

they will say the earth is a place of grin,

where we create different patterns of mutilation

with our incisors on the pepper-fried pelvic of chickens

 

For someone who has never seen dreams truncated

en-mass, or people given mass burial

like useless wilted roses in the bowel of the garbage

they will dare the vanity of life with questions of ignorance

 

For someone who has never been to Necropolis

where laughter and joy are abomination

they will say the silence of the graveyard is a twin sister

of the suspense performed on stage by Thespians

in the theater of England

 

For someone who has never felt the pain of death

they will question the verity of the songs of departure

and say there’s nothing emotional in the tears of bereavement

 

For someone who has never been to my nation

where sorrow is granted gratis for everybody

they will say nothing is so special in the outcry of Chibok;

in the silence of Barma; in the protest of Gwoza

 

For someone who has never heard the whimper of hapless lads

and the sobbing of aged widows and widowers

they will say nothing is so special in the booming of bomb

perhaps, it is the rebirth of a lie called an explosion

in the scary movies of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold

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Rahaman Toheeb Abiola is a poet, literary critic and public observer. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the students’ wing creation of the Association of Nigerian Authors at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

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