Stirred by anger

By Nwachukwu Egbunike

sadly those sired by anger
are boiling with hate
to lose their commonwealth
they look at all with grim

 

sadly they take the same path
falling into same pit
those dug by their patriarchs
step siding the truth piously

 

the ping of their bb
rings with curses and malfeasance
roaring with disgust
for the pooh-pooh sprawling on their mats

 

they tweet all day
not as stewards of truth
but slaves of hate
passionately greedier than their dads

 

same short cuts taken
same mistakes made
shying away from the facts
sole path of breaking the curse

 

wishing to change the tide
with same tools that caused the flood
without rationality that paves the flow
wrapped up with sentiments that blind the face

 

but we’ll still hope
though we see none
but knowing that greed last not forever
by truth we’ll change this land

 

it might tarry
it might delay
but one day, despite the delay
it will mighty arise

 

(Nwachukwu Egbunike, 12/12/12)

***Nwachukwu Egbunike is a Nigerian writer, critic and social commentator. His book “Dyed thoughts, a conversation in and from my country” is a collection of critical articles on the challenges of nationhood in Nigeria. He lives in Ibadan.

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8 Responses to “Stirred by anger”


  1. 1 Nnaemeka January 7, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Reminds me of Shelley’s Masque of Anarchy, for some reason..if he wrote it in this smartphone age.

  2. 3 feathersproject January 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Many thanks Noel for publishing. I wrote it on the spur of the moment as a response to yours. Glad it merited this space on the poetry blog of one of Nigeria’s best. Dalu!

  3. 4 Susan L Daniels January 7, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Oh, this is powerful stuff–thank you for sharing it!

  4. 7 boomiebol January 7, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    This packs a punch… Like I’m not kidding around punch


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