Poems by Ngozi Olivia Osuoha
THE MAGGOTS FROM A STINKING CORPSE
The grey hair of lies
With hundreds of flies,
Old ears in the dark
Picking all manner of bark.
Eyes fixed on envy
Heart; angry and heavy.
Unholy legs on innocence stepped
Stingy hands, poverty; helped
Wrong seat assumed by force
Impunity without remorse.
Division sown at home
Pollution because of income.
Untamed children left behind
Wild, free with bitter mind.
Hate, naked and crystal
Jealousy, raw and rascal.
THE LIVING CAN MAKE AMENDS
ANOTHER HYMN OF MINE TUNED AFTER “ABIDE WITH ME”
Heal this green land that the foe did subdue
Weed the tares off such holy a vineyard,
Water the field though tiny as mustard
Mount steady thy Seraph in royal blue.
Settle this wave, this strangest stormy sea
Calm the whirlwind that thunderest by the night,
Heal the wounded, the broken, downtrodden
Give them all grace to march on in pure strength.
For all we know, we cannot grow a pea
Hunger, lack, want, need, famine, war: our plight
We dare not choose for we are forbidden
Life really is worth less than just a breath.
Hear the poor soul, the stranded’s weary plea
Lift thine mercy lord toward every fight,
Hearken please dear, for nothing is hidden
Straighten and strengthen those who battle death.
Wash thoroughly and enlarge all our coasts
Border the north, south, east, west, up and down,
Surround our shores, guard all our waterways
Restore, renew, revive, redeem our crown.
DEDICATED TO MY NATION
He is risen,
I am forgiven,
He has conquered
I am purified,
He is risen
I am cleansed,
Broke the chains
Healed my pains,
He is my lord
Washed by his blood
Cleansed by the flood,
Now, we are in concord,
Hallelujah, Christ is risen
No more death
He rules the earth
Every season with reason.