They don’t appreciate treasure, a poem by Professor Ikechukwu Benjamin Ezeohagwu

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Professor Ikechukwu Benjamin Ezeohagwu
Professor Ikechukwu Benjamin Ezeohagwu

I

They don’t

appreciate treasure, dignity, legends

but celebrate pleasure, sensuous shadows,

slay slaves, caricatures.

II

They don’t

appreciate ingenuity, incorruptibility,

Productivity, decency,

but practice mediocrity, iniquity,

Deceptiveness.

III

They don’t

see nobility, credibility, integrity,

but present corruptions, Delirium,

decay, hoodlums.

IV

They don’t

perceive Beauty in dawn, sunrise,

meadows, rainbow, forests, sunset

but sow and deploy slums,

Coronavirus, gunshots, illness, abductions,

ransoms, killings.

V

They don’t

see reasons to be friendly, sensible,

reasonable, intuitive, considerate,

but seasons to be selfish, insane,

corruptible, insensitive, inhuman.

VI

They don’t

see Eagles, Peacocks, Roses, Lilies,

but grow as cabals, baboons, hyenas.

VII

They don’t

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: benezeohagwu@yahoo.com ,www.africanamericanuniversity.org, 08173175540

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