SOMEBODY SPOKE FOR THE INFANTS

“It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.”
Voltaire, Zadig

MURSI TRIBESWOMAN

MURSI TRIBESWOMAN

From the southern clans in Yemen
To the eastern valleys in Nigeria
Petulance and greed staking it’s claim
Even in the northern hills of Aleppo
Mourns and wails with no tame
As the children became less valid
Innocency set ablaze
As all men chases own stake
Tankers replacing serenity of infants stay

How often should we see their faces gloom
And the bright sparkles in their eyes fade
Christmas carols scraped
For the loud cheers of songs of sorrows
Childhood was never intended to last forever
But those few years
Replaced with fear, force and fury
The little ones made no request for golden palace
All they wanted was freedom to play

Your children know and own pleasant place
For God’s sake
This little ones just want to carry their own face
In smiles and not in shame
Not ended dreams but aspirations
With a few words from your decisions made
Why play safe with words like ‘purge’
Committing atrocities
The devil would disclaim
Storming a mother’s yard
You call it an intention for peace
Tears for that little breath you seize

You enjoyed your childhood
And inflict pain on that very same hood
Don’t you listen carefully
The tiny voices calling you an abomination to humanity
Robbing them off that little space to existence
What is consciousness to your being
Deprived basic amenities was not enough
As you also decided to make a mother dispose a child
To make a nation thrive on what?

Blood of innocency and harmless a fetus?

Thud! Thud! Thud Thud!
Please make that sound stop
Thousand cauldron sweet children’s blood
Discrepancies one too many
Would the blood bath go away
With aggravated mother’s asking
Which piece of you she chop’s off
In memories of her babies buried alive

Can you hear the laughter you muted
The multiple lives you refuted
My wishes for the few you spared
Don’t take them all away from us
Their laughter defines peace
Their presence encourages serenity
Mama nature wimps
As your sins pile up
Just brace up for her heavy wipe


WRITTEN AND EDITED BY CHARLES OKPERE


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