Forages. Ranches. Herdsmen.
These three are large stones,
on which a pot, full of boiling violence
In this place,
Night is an AK 47, a gun
loaded with bullets of hate,
the type that reminds you
that death & sleep are metaphors.
Whether in Mbalom or in Edumoga,
Is not just an onomatopoeia,
it is the way Death roars
when it walks towards its prey.
Mbalom and Edumoga are places in Benue State, Nigeria, where residents have suffered many violent attacks from a group of nomads called the Fulani herdsmen
About the Author
Blessing Ogwiji is a Nigerian creative writer. Her poems have been published on platforms such as the Gyroscope Review, Parousia Magazine, PIN
Quarterly Journal, Writers Space Africa and elsewhere. She won the 2017 Albert Jungers Poetry Prize.