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WHOSO LISTS TO DIE?

Whoso lists to die?
I know where you can try.

You need not slot a dagger
in your belly
nor hoist a pistol onto your head
that may be too painful
come, I know where it can be made
to look like an accident.

Whoso lists to die?
I know where you can try.

You need not knot a twine
on your quivering neck
or swallow otapiapia*
that may take too long
come, I know where you can die quickly.

Whoso lists to die?
I know where you can try.

Welcome to the Northeast of Maikontri
Where death is cheap, and quick
Like the swiftness of thunderbolt
While Ass-hole Rockers
Mope with cynical hands
On drooping chins.

(* Igbo word for rat poison)

 

NAIRA

Legal tender of the giANT of Africa,
NAIRAfied with heads
of naive British midwives
whose asinine political foundations
became neo-kolonalial recipes

Naira;
NAIRAfied to the satisfaction of a-loota-continuas;
A thousand Naira note
to unburden the task of official looting.

Naira;
Currency of corrupt conducts.
Uncommon commodity commonly
communized by her community of corrupt consumers.

Naira;
A dark shadow of deep disappointment
settles upon me
as you nose dive, weightless
like a rascal hawk
struck by a poisoned arrow.

 

About the Author

Ifesinachi Nwadike AKA JP, holds a Masters degree in Literature from the university of Ibadan. He’s a member of ANA, Imo chapter. He can be reached through nwadikejohnpaul@gmail.com

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