appreciate treasure, dignity, legends
but celebrate pleasure, sensuous shadows,
slay slaves, caricatures.
appreciate ingenuity, incorruptibility,
but practice mediocrity, iniquity,
see nobility, credibility, integrity,
but present corruptions, Delirium,
perceive Beauty in dawn, sunrise,
meadows, rainbow, forests, sunset
but sow and deploy slums,
Coronavirus, gunshots, illness, abductions,
see reasons to be friendly, sensible,
reasonable, intuitive, considerate,
but seasons to be selfish, insane,
corruptible, insensitive, inhuman.
see Eagles, Peacocks, Roses, Lilies,
but grow as cabals, baboons, hyenas.
see Sunshine, Rainfall and Dews
on the grasses,
but depression, recession, distortion, gloom, doom.
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: email@example.com ,www.africanamericanuniversity.