The Wolves | a collaborative poem by Nnane Ntube & Olatunbosun David

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Man, an animal in search of greener pastures
Tears through grasses, mindless of thorns
And with a wild soul wrapped in a cold heart
Sharpens the teeth to crush any scrums on his way

Though he never was made a ferocious beast,
He puts on a wolf’s clothing
Prancing, a king in the affair
Raping innocent souls with malicious acts
Ousting them from the sweet game of life
Chopping bodies of innocent children
Oh, logs they are, in the rough hands of butchers!
He pieces them into different sizes
Meat from the butchery
Cash crops exported to a land of no return
Where customers desperately wait in darkness

They’ve rubbed cold hearts in hot blood
Not blinking their eyes
Playing deaf in dead cries
Only the cries of hot cash they could hear
Tears of men their sweet wine is!
Weighing hard the size of their pockets
But never weighing hard the value of human life

I sing a song with a coarse voice
Flirting all my thoughts
With the thoughts of men
Jammed by the absurdities of men
The loss of kids leaves no echo
Except the prolonged sorrow
In the fragile soul of helpless parents
If only drums could be played to wake up dead dogs,
Oh, I’ll hit my bata loud and clear; ’don’t care
If birds fly away
For I seek to mend a rift in shattered spirits
I seek to heal a wound
Plucking leaves from barren trees
With the turbulent sound my bata plays
If only the trees could feel my touch…


Nnane Ntube hails from Cameroon. She is a teacher, a youth advocate for peace and democracy, an activist and an aspiring actress. She is a graduate of the University of Yaoundé 1 with a B.A. in English Language and a B.A. in Bilingual Studies. She is a writer and a poet. Her poems have featured in online magazines and journals such as Spillwords Press,, Atunis Poetry, Tuck Magazine and New Ink Review. Her poem, “Not by My Strength” featured in the e-anthology on Autism Awareness by The Different Truths Magazine. Her poems are forthcoming in the anthology, Wounded by POWAD (Poets with a Difference).

Olatubosun David, born in Ilupeju Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria, graduated from Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, where he studied Office Technology and Management. However, his special interest in poetry drives him. Most of his works condemn moral decadence and religious perverseness. Olatubosun is a confidential secretary in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Achievers University, Owo, Nigeria.


5 responses to “The Wolves | a collaborative poem by Nnane Ntube & Olatunbosun David

  1. Good job, OLatubosun David. It was nice working with you. I hope we keep the collaboration glowing. Africa needs change of mind sets, I think we can be the change Africa needs. I also wish to thank Brave arts Africa for accepting this piece. May God bless you.

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  2. Thank you very much Sir Vincent. OLatubosun and I seek to create an atmosphere of team work amongst poets and writers no matter the distance.


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