“party activists”

By Noel A. Ihebuzor

 

Simmering rancour lumbers, raging

opposition mutates to 0-positions,

zero sum games, zeroing and leading

to blame game, verbal joust sodden with vitriol

ugly and promising to  balloon to violence

 

spiralling envy enlarges greenish, swelling,

smelling fevered phlegm

stirs red hate, hot pepper in café latte,

the yellowish-red eye, blood shot,

poisoned, clouding sight,

vision blurred and blinkered

linked to clogged blocked ears

occluding the voice of moderation

 

ambition binds minds,

asphyxiating the voice of reason that wails

strapping and shackling it

in dark airless dungeons,

the empire of  fulminant rage,

where barbed tongues uncoil

splattering venom,

drumming discord deceitful

 

as envy limbers, driving transient pursuits

smear paints, tar taints, stirs, tears and sears

the other, in forms grotesque,

deforming and defaming

galloping ambitious feet fixed

on a chosen route to attain gain and fame,

ultimate twin goals

 

and the people, poor souls sandwiched

matter between hammer and anvil

hapless, malleable

caught in hurting, heating up and hitting dispute

and cut to pieces as peace shatters

in the hard, hurtful hands of haters and hatters

 

**** written after following very ugly exchanges on Twitter on the 14/15 July during and after a guber election.  How badly the strident voices of a belligerent few pollute the political space.

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8 Responses to ““party activists””


  1. 1 Susan L Daniels July 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Strong and powerful stuff, Noel. I read this aloud, and wow, it reads like the accusation it is. Great poem.

  2. 4 unfetteredbs July 16, 2012 at 1:40 am

    “poor souls sandwiched

    matter between hammer and anvil”

    very powerful indeed and wonderfully expressed….. I really liked this. Your words ring harsh and true

  3. 6 Ian Moone July 16, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    really liked it, some great lines

  4. 8 Rhonda July 18, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Again, Noel it is a harsh reality that is horrifying in it’s ugliness. I am awe struck by the strength and guts of your vision AND your voice.


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