Empty streets, distraught zone

It's quiet and empty in all places

In fear and tears we walk alone

Forlorn looks on saddened faces


One man jailed for a whole nation

In solidarity we take our chains

And where he goes we march on

In his loss we find our gains


What's become of the blood-letting

Even the loudest of voices are silent

They loot, they destroy in profit getting

Dead bodies litter wherever they went


Seems like the devil has made east his encampment

Corpses and blood eaten and drank in sacrament

I like the solidarity in our cause

We must fix our broken laws


This rollercoaster is a déjà vu

Now we sit at home me and you

How long it'll last we don't know

A fearsome monster it will grow


After full circle it will turn around

When it has reached it's full course

In all our land peace will abound

If in one accord fairness we endorse



  • Author: Ifeanyichukwu Onwughalu (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: May 20th, 2022 03:42
  • Comment from author about the poem: Eastern part of Nigeria has been in turmoil lately of some sort of discrimination and marginalization from a section of the country over them. Evey monday has been a sort solidarity demonstration, by way of sit-at-home protest,to get the authorities hear their voice and meet their demand for fairness, equity and justice. This poem depicts all that.
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  • User favorite of this poem: L. B. Mek.
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  • L. B. Mek

    last year's chaos, as normality
    this year
    student death in west
    home stay protest in the east
    and as-ever, 'VI'
    remains, untouched
    but for kidnapping and bank robbery
    removed clear of all the daily, wahala
    by that beautiful
    giraffe neck, bridge
    as symbolic difference
    of diverse, realities
    in a single, supposedly unified
    Oga, I miss your country
    and your people's, lively
    warm, generous smiles
    I wish you all, Lasting Peace
    stay safe! I beg

    • Ifeanyichukwu

      Thank you Mek for reaching out and your kind comments. We long for peace and hopefully it will come someday. Stay safe too.

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