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For Stomach Infrastructure Theorists


Noel A. Ihebuzor

Truth looks on
impressed by our eloquence
but bemused by our biases

amused by our puny arguments
rankled by our ragged rationalisations
but still she remains silent

silent but sad as again
she recalls the deafness
of a world peopled by vain mortals

sorrowful, yet hopeful,
she surveys our clumsy
sheep led-by-gain gaits

our eyes fixed on stash
vision lulled and dulled
by the lure of lucre

as all logic is locked away
and facts blended by simple reason
are now branded as sinful treason.

*This poem is critique of the new theory of stomach infrastructure which attempts to explain losses in a recent election in Ekiti State by claiming that voter behaviour was swayed by food gifts. Stomach Infrastructure theory is at best a rationalization by persons who are unwilling to look at events objectively and to learn lessons from them**.