Sunday, February 26, 2017

Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Fragments Of Poetic Thoughts (37)

And the President
on whose back
the multitude thonged
the polling booth
shouting "Change!"
shouting "Sai Baba!"
mock us

They all, the selected few,
mock us the multitude
we that hope perpetually

We are worthy only
once in four years
"Change" is just one of those
slogans that pulls the wool
over our collective face

One president, and another
rode roughshod their ailing bodies
over our groveling expectations

We the multitude
do not deserve a phone call

Who are we to hear
the voice of the President? 
Let silence smother us
...until 2019!

Then another slogan
will rent the air,
and we the multitude will throng
the polling booths yet again,
daring the sun and the pangs,
to prop another ailing president.

Adeshina Afolayan, PhD
Department of Philosophy
University of Ibadan


On Monday, February 27, 2017 1:57 AM, Chidi Anthony Opara <> wrote:

By Chidi Anthony Opara 

The telephones ring. 
The telephones 
Of the select few

A voice speaks. 
"pray for me"
The voice implores. 

"The President
Speaks from vacation",
The select few 

(Poem presented as social service, all rights reserved) 


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