The Writers Hub August Contest (Entry 6)

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The Writers Hub

THE NIGERIAN STORY
I wear my rags with temporary joy,
Especially when joined with other children as we push car,
of tins, sticks and ropes,
Quite unsure of my next meal or what gift the future unwraps.
I am the child once greeted with shouts and laughter, dancing feasting,
loads of prayers heaped on my little shoulders and called “leader”,
If tomorrow ever comes, but tomorrow never came…
I am that Nigerian Story.

I became the man unwilling yet struggling to fit taught to stand out;
I was the child with grins and dreams, talents and virtues,
now I stand in places of trade buying not the intended,
sitting in an office judged by the content of my paper
rather than the contents of my tray.
Stomaching scars and abuse
And the owls judge when I take a bow,
Rub out a man or break my vow…
I am the Nigerian Story

I survive a society where I’m classified as and treated as class demands,
Walking on eggshells as Lady Justice is blind her blindfolds unnecessary,
her scale a plate for coins and her sword a selfie stick.
An irony the enforcers are labelled as ‘friends’… friends of your notes.
Living in the society where hate speeches and jabs are applauded,
Violence hidden in a hijab and preached by our youths and engineered by the “godfathers”
I am the Nigerian Story

I am the man whose votes never counts but counted as a vote,
Whose ideas are not the magic to make ends meet
with endless solitude amidst the multitudes
absorbed in deep thinking and self pity.
I am the man whose well of suffering never diminishes,
Malnourished from food and ideas,
I am the man whose strength and hopes never diminishes,
I was the child whose smiles never ceased with unending dreams, daydreams and nightmares
I am the common Nigerian Story.

 

ABOUT WRITER

My name is JULIE-ANN AGORYE,a Cross Riverian and graduate of mass communication from the Cross River University Of Technology(CRUTECH)
I’m a poet, MC and Makeup artist.
My name is JULIE-ANN AGORYE,a Cross Riverian and graduate of mass communication from the Cross River University Of Technology(CRUTECH)
I’m a poet, MC and Makeup artist.

IG @anny_agorye
FB:Agorye Julie-Ann 

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