Nigeria: Show of shame, a poem by Ikechukwu Benjamin Ezeohagwu

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Professor Ikechukwu Benjamin Ezeohagwu
Professor Ikechukwu Benjamin Ezeohagwu

Nigeria: Show of shame

I

Show of shame,

entangled threads

have become faded wrinkles,

Nigerians who are few,

at the helm,

puzzle huge theatres.

feinted fainting fainted figments,

Politics becomes drama,

of sheer shamelessness.

II

Show of shame,

disgruntled vultures

have become exposed drains,

Nigerians who are few,

at the helm,

prattle distract wands,

crafted drafting drifted grafts,

Politics becomes means

of utter corruptness.

III

Show of shame,

degraded smokes

have become stinking drunks,

Nigerians who are few,

at the helm,

dazzle dense masses,

stunted stinting slanted slights,

Politics becomes podium

of crook meanness.                                                   

IV

Show of shame,

obscured shadows

have become trending crazies,

Nigerians who are few,

at the helm,

rehearse aberrant concoctions,

cramped crimping crumbled champs,

Politics becomes intrigue

of realistic insaneness.

V

Show of shame,

ruinous termites

have become economic saboteurs,

Nigerians who are few,

at the helm,

cripple healthy brains,

tramped tripping tromped tripes,

Politics becomes entity

of heinous romance.

Ben Ezeohagwu won the Onigraffiks Prize for literature (2017).   He is Professor of Graphonomy and Chancellor, African American University, Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin and can be reached at email: benezeohagwu@yahoo.com; www.africanamericanuniversity.org; 08173175540.

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