TELL THEM TO REMEMBER THIS COUNTRY
& if at all the world wants to write about me
Tell them to remember this country: Its broken body.
The sketches of tears that litter everywhere.
& if at all the world craves to sing my name
Tell them to echo the names of boys covered
with leaves. Tell them to scribble the names of girls
raped till their thighs bled, till their cries
& if at all the world carves me a plaque
Remember to tell them about lives limping in
& if at all my song tickles your ears
Remember the woman next door,
explore a dumpster for wastes.
Remember this country and its fate,
& if at all tomorrow comes with laughter
breaking the tunnels of our throats
Remember the poet that
P.S.: This is for a sober reflection as the most populous black nation in the world, Nigeria celebrates 55 years of Independence.