Soyombo Ayomikun: Malala, Levick and Chimamanda Adichie’s Vision! (Poem)

by Soyombo Ayomikun

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“Bring back the girls” She told the king “Yes ma” He replied

1.She was

But a little girl

Who chose

To confront hell

She cherished education

To the point of dying for it

Terrorists decided to silence her forever

She got shot

 

2.Her face

Got shattered

But not her voice

Not her soul

She kissed death

But escaped its embrace

She became a force

One that stormed Nigeria

 

3.”Bring back the girls”

She told the king

“Yes ma”

He replied

“Visit the families affected”

She told the king

“Yes ma”

He replied

 

4.We made these pleas

Even before Malala came

We cried our eyes out

A march was even staged

Just to see our king placate our souls

To see our king pat our backs

He instead stayed concealed

Behind his perfumed walls

We were tagged enemies

Souls that should be his children

 

5.Then we woke up

To hear about Levick

A foul PR firm

That chose to come lick

Off our sadness

Off our tears

Off a government long lost

Seeking to salvage a gangrene

 

6.Levick can’t remold the truth

Levick can’t rewrite our story

Levick can’t bury our failures

Levick can’t stop the bombs

Levick can’t deceive the world

Into believing that our leaders are doing the best

I think what you need now,my lord

Is the ‘Miraculous Deliverance Of Oga Jona’

A vision revealed to your daughter

Chimamanda Adichie [READ HERE]

 

7.Your advisers

Are ruining you rapidly

Pitching you against your children

Tagging us your enemies

Perhaps they told you

Not to go to Chibok

Not to visit unity fountain

To keep acting strong

We don’t want a strong king

Who can’t protect our walls

We want a weak king

Strong enough to inspire our hearts again

Just for once

Come tell us you’ve failed us

Tell us you’ve made mistakes

But promise shedding your blood

If required

To take us home

Where calm awaits us

So we can smile again

 

8.As Adichie said

Wear the red shirt with us

Let us see you

Embrace mama Obyezeks

Apologise for the harsh words

Your aides have said to us

Go to Chibok

Hold their hands

Kiss their cheeks

Physically wipe off their tears

Pray with them

Shelter them

Reach out to us in our sorrows

Silence your aides calling us names

Cleanse the military

You may not win all hearts

But you’ll win some more

Levick can’t salvage a gangrenous state

Your miracle is home!

 

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Soyombo Ayomikun tweets from @alabaster85

Op-ed pieces and contributions are the opinions of the writers only and do not represent the opinions of Y!/YNaija.

 

 

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