Nineteen Sixty Seven – 1967

In Memory of Victims of War

Here : parents go to bed with no hope

Of seeing their children in the morning

Here, everywhere you go , all you see  is a basket of Bones__

Here , children are left homeless & defenseless with no hope of seeing the sun

You do not want to be ripped by sounds of Ak 47 rifles.

You do not want to be eaten by the news from the radio & television___

Father went in search for food and never returned

And Mother she went in search of shelter and was hit by a stray bullet

Amina, my sister was raped to death by a gang of fucking terrorists!

Abu, he was praying  in a mosque and he died in a blast…

Here :  we romance death with open hands

like the way I romance my girlfriend

Yet , everyday we  learn to live in broken dreams

Hoping that the Dawn births a better tomorrow

Where we can all live in peace & harmony

I mean : where we can sleep with our  two eyes closed __

with hope of seeing dawn.


Samuel Junior Irusota

Samuel Junior Irusota is a Nigerian Author, a multiple award winning poet and a Lawyer. He won the Clash of Pens Poetry Contest 2019, He was a Co- winner of the Food Poetry Contest 2018 Organized by Poets In Nigeria ( PIN) , He was Longlisted for the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize ( NSPP) 2018 , He is a three time winner of the 10 Day Poetry Challenge an initiative of Poets In Nigeria. His works have appeared in Praxis Magazine, Tuck Magazine , Indian Periodical and are fort coming in kahalari review, the art muse, amongst others. He is the author of a Boy's Body is War ( a collection of poems) and two poetry poetry chapbooks.


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