Bloody tears

The skies weep blood

Or is the tears that cloud our eyes?

The soil now grows bodies, like yam

Buried deep within the ground- lifeless

When did this abomination creep in?

Who welcomed him and gave him water

To wash his feet and palm wine to drink?

Who beckoned to him from afar, and

Promised him a safe haven?

Who gave him a place to stay and a hoe to farm?

Because the stranger now plants men as seed

And waters it with the blood of our children

And has gathered a bounty harvest of wailings

Into his barn and his calabash is full of mourning.

Before the sun settles in the sky, he is drunk on our pain

And the sun leaves him in the evening swaying to the

Rhythm of our dirges.

We watch from afar, none can confront him

Our heads have become women

The warriors have lost their hearts

The skies weep blood

Or is it the tears that cloud our eyes?

 

 

 

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79 Comments Add yours

  1. Adeleke Julianah says:

    Excellently captured what’s going on in our country Nigeria! The sky I doubt if it weeps blood. It is our tears that is bloody! From shedding too many tears for the fallen.
    Sambisa, Baga, Bomb blast here, there
    everywhere! Haaaaa!!!!! This is too much
    for us to bear o!!!! Our eyes are tired from
    too much shedding of tears…
    Exceptional Piece Doc….

    1. topazo says:

      only God can save us Jules…only God

      1. Adeleke Julianah says:

        Yes Doc, Only god can really save us all….*Sighs heavily*

    2. DrSwag says:

      Jules, you are becoming quite the reviewer!!! ..go gurl!

      1. Adeleke Julianah says:

        Lols…thanks #DrSwag…

        1. DrSwag says:

          …you are quite the owl too….

          1. Adeleke Julianah says:

            Lols!!!! Yeah, I hardly sleep at night, and I hardly take naps too…smiles

            1. topazo says:

              Jules the insomniac…what shall we do to help your condition?

                1. Adeleke Julianah says:

                  Hahaha!!!!!! #DrSwag!!! HORLICKS???? Owwkayyyy!!!!!!! Get me like 6 pack o, plus enough milk! Hehehe!!!! Great prescription!!! Lols!!!!!

              1. Adeleke Julianah says:

                Hahaha!!!!!! You’re the Doc #Topazo, please pray tell what to do….lols!!!!!

                1. topazo says:

                  Dr Swag has spoken!

                  1. Adeleke Julianah says:

                    Hahaha!!!! **Laughing like there’s no tomorrow!*** So you supported DrSwag? No qualms now, like I told him you guys can contribute the Horlicks, or better still send the money down. And I will so buy and drink ehn, you guys will start to wonder what happened! Lols!!!!!!!

                    1. topazo says:

                      No free medicine Jules…

                    2. Adeleke Julianah says:

                      But of course! No free Med, only that you guys will be the one paying ni nau! Lols!!!!!

                    3. topazo says:

                      In your dreams Jules, but wait a minute, you don’t sleep!

                    4. Adeleke Julianah says:

                      Hahahahaha!!!!!!!! Well, since I don’t sleep, how then will I dream??? Hehehehe!!!!!!!!

                    5. topazo says:

                      That is the puzzle i am trying to unravel

              2. theinkheart says:

                Loooool, that response was quite what I predicted… Dr Topazo, helping people with medical conditions since 15BC

                1. Adeleke Julianah says:

                  Hahaha!!!!! Inkheart, that’s the Docky for you o! Lols!!!!!

                2. topazo says:

                  hehehehe…evil evil Inkheart…

      2. topazo says:

        You echoed my thoughts Dr Swag…looks like Yemie is rubbing off on her

        1. Adeleke Julianah says:

          Lols! When you have a Sis like Yemie, you get to learn a great deal! ***Tewe ba pe lara ose, aadi ose ni ke!!!!*** lols!!!!

          1. topazo says:

            So Yemie na ose abi? Okay o

            1. Adeleke Julianah says:

              Hahaha!!!!!!! Docky oooo!!!! She be Ose naa, an I be Ewe!!!! Hehehe!!!!!!!

              1. Adeleke Julianah says:

                And just so you know.
                You and DrSwag are Ose too, that have been robbing off on me! Hehehe!!!! So, I’m Ewe, and you guys are the Ose. Lols!!!!!!!!!!!!

                1. topazo says:

                  Me i no be soap o..

                  1. Adeleke Julianah says:

                    Hahahaha!!!! Of course you be one kain better soap like dat wey in perfume full every every! Hehehehe!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                    1. topazo says:

                      Hehehehe..no matter how good you make it sound, i am no soap!

                  2. Adeleke Julianah says:

                    You be Dudu Osun o Docky!!!!!!! Hehehehe!!!!!!!!!!!

              2. topazo says:

                Okay then! Shey na ST soap or imperial leather?

                1. Adeleke Julianah says:

                  Naah! She’s Lux Black Pearls! Lols!!!!!!!!!!

                  1. topazo says:

                    Ah, cos she is black abi? Ok na

                    1. Adeleke Julianah says:

                      Nope! I’m sure I’m darker than she is. I’m EBONYHERITAGE, remember? Lols!!!!!!!!

                    2. topazo says:

                      there is ebony black and there is charcoal black….

                    3. Adeleke Julianah says:

                      Hahahaha!!!!!! All join o!!!!! I be charcoal and ebony all roll in one!!!! Hehehehe!!!!!!!!!!!!

      3. amity4 says:

        More like she is drunk on the goddesses wine of words. She flows like no man’s business. Cool!

        1. topazo says:

          lol at your comment amity…me thinks someone is crushing on another someone but it better stay hidden because of a certain law and a certain fourteen years…

          1. amity4 says:

            Not crushing anything. Just appreciating good works.
            Even if i was the law does not apply here😛

            1. topazo says:

              it would for her..and you are putting the life of your crush in danger…lol

              1. Adeleke Julianah says:

                Kai!!!!!! I smell MISCHIEF in the air around here Doc! Lols!!!!!!

                1. topazo says:

                  you smell mischief and you still dey shook head?! you get liver o

        2. Adeleke Julianah says:

          Ha! Amity. I’m humbled and flattered! Yeah, I drank more than my fill from the Goddess herself. And I’m so glad I did!!! Lols!!!!!!! Thanks Sis Amity…

          1. topazo says:

            all ye worshippers of the goddess…I hail una

            1. Adeleke Julianah says:

              Ha, but we must pay obeisance to the Queen, the Goddess of Words herself! We will always pay homage to Her Royal Highness!!!

              1. topazo says:

                go ahead o…and also tread with care…she breathes fire too

                1. Adeleke Julianah says:

                  Lols!!!! I told you. I smell mISCHIEF coming from you Docky Docky!!! Hehehehe!!!!!! Our Goddess of Words aint no Dragon lady biko! Lols!!!!!!!!!

                  1. topazo says:

                    ok o…until you get burned…lol

                    1. Adeleke Julianah says:

                      Don’t worry Doc, I’m just perceiving the smell ni, I can’t get burned! Lols!!!!!

          2. amity4 says:

            I should do same.

            1. Adeleke Julianah says:

              But of course dearest Amity.
              I’m sure it’s a living water that never run dry, I pray thee, go take your fill! Lols!!!!

              1. topazo says:

                Living water huh? *I waka pass*

                1. Adeleke Julianah says:

                  Come bak hia Docky! Where are you waka passing to? Come back o! Hehehehe!!!!!!!

  2. DrSwag says:

    DEEP! I loike!! Another good one Sir…..lets all pray we would stop weeping and start laughing soon….

    1. topazo says:

      A very apt prayer! Thank you sir

  3. zikaolofin says:

    Exceptional piece. I didn’t even think of Nigeria, when I was reading this one. This one took me into one of those Epic movies we see in Nollywood that go something like,” the anger of the gods” or the “tears of the fallen” or “sunset at noon” or something like it. In my head, I could hear all those typical Nollywood tunes, that accompany this kind of dirge, you know with that our special Ibo flute, plotting its solemn course into souls and meandering its way into weary hearts.

    Seriously Doc, this one should be up for sale. Nice work. Well done.

    1. DrSwag says:

      Topaz…what kind of literary divas do you have on Z channel ooooo…. plotting its solemn course into souls and meandering its way into weary hearts…see Zika’s lines…yeeeee!!!!!

      1. zikaolofin says:

        Hmm, Doc na you sabi, lol!

        1. DrSwag says:

          Yes oooo..you no say i sabi this one, well, well!!! Now, i certainly know the pen is mightier than the sword!!! Una too good…..You have certainly plotted your solemn course into my soul with thy fingers..

          1. topazo says:

            Hmm…oh boy! You too have unleashed the magic with them lyrics

            1. DrSwag says:

              ..there must be somfink magical bot the Z Channel Bro that inspires..

              1. topazo says:

                The magic is in the people Dr Swag…the beauty in their essence is what enchants…hearts made up of precious jewels diffracting in the light…distilling in the words…

                1. DrSwag says:

                  Hmmm…HEAVY!!!! POETIC MAJESTY, LYRICAL EXCELLENCE! I am enchanted bro…

                  1. topazo says:

                    And I am swooning!

      2. topazo says:

        I am indeed blessed o Dr Swag….
        In my youth or childhood I must have done something good…hehehe

        1. DrSwag says:

          …now that is funny! Lol!!! You gat game bruv!

    2. topazo says:

      Wow Zee, I am speechless….
      Thank you!

  4. neker17 says:

    My heart bleeds for my homeland.

    1. topazo says:

      may God save our land…

  5. Indeed, the bodies now sprout from the ash ridden soil.

    And yes, we’ve lost our will and voice to confront the ignoble stranger.

    Beautiful piece doc, beautiful piece. I’m awed.

    1. topazo says:

      it is so sad..really sad
      thanks a bunch

  6. Yemie says:

    OHK! If I didn’t know any better, I coulda sworn this poetry was composed by someone in the Arts and Literature Department, but its sooooo not so! The Poet’s a Scientist! A Shrink and somehow, he still manages to pull this off, with an expertise so believable and too convincing to the contrary! Perhaps a case of someone missing out on his life’s calling?! Perhaps?! ‘Coo-reepy! *rme* LMAO!

    O thou artistically-inclined Scientist Sir, I marvel at thy use of imageries! How for instance, ‘abomination’ is likened to a man, a sojourner; who’s welcomed with open arms unknowingly by clueless town folks, to unleash destruction, affliction and catastrophe of monumental proportions! I love every line, so culturally enriching, really ‘Afrocentric’, glum, mysterious and pretty dark; but highly creative! Only a wise man and deep thinker coulda pushed the boundaries to come up with such a traditional masterpiece of a composition, which I can liken to Literary Giants and heavyweights in the game! The Soyinkas, Ola Rotimis et al! Guys who know their onions and have thrived in their chosen fields of career, plus they actually did receive ample training in that field but you Doc, you simply just leave me bewildered like how do you do it?! LMAO!

    Bloody tears is a win! I submit! And you Doc, are given to wisdom; far above and sooo beyond your years! Smart Alec or should that be smart mouth?! Better still, both! You take the cake hands down, any time; all of the time! Oh yes, you do! *laughing*

  7. topazo says:

    Yemie o! Pity me na….comparing me to Soyinka, haba! Small small na….you are taking this superfan thing to a whole other level!

    1. Yemie says:

      Hehehehehe! My bad Doc, the poem’s reminiscent of the types of masterpieces churned out by these guys with the traditional vibe and flava! And aint nuttin’ wrong in me aspiring ‘on thy behalf’ to be like these Legends and surpass ’em even! All things are possible to him that believe and you’re well on your way, if you only open up thy eyes to see! That good enough an explanation for you then?! *raised eyebrow* LOL

      1. topazo says:

        Thanks for such heights you place me on and the explicit belief in me. it is humbling

        1. Yemie says:

          Aw! Its not as much ’bout me as it is ’bout you Doc! You do all of these, its all of you and by that, you make it so darn easy for me to believe in you and your abilities in the ‘violent’ way that I do! Thanks for having me on here, I am so much more deeply humbled than you’ll ever know! Soar on high up Sir, you’ve got this! LOL

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