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WHEN COUNTRY IS BAD

Retirees weep on dying beds
But next day an obituary will read,
“A life well spent”!

Schoolchildren learn under Tigris tree
Sitting on the bare ground
At the mercy of hungry ants!

Workers stretch out their hand
Demanding long held salaries
Crying with a teary slogan,

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When Country Is Bad http://www.facebook.com/WRRPoetry [When Country Is Bad] In a land of abundance
They dine with hunger,
And court induced scarcity!

Their nails are edible like cocoyam,
They sleep under leaking roofs
And they cry, “Oh God, maka why!?”

Hummer legs trek to different destinations
Running into bodies along the way,
Dusty road that throws everybody into turmoil!

Unemployed eager for watering jobs
Queuing behind queues at vacancy houses
To be employed with kola on manager’s hand,

Twenty-naira becomes an identity card
Before the law’s officer
While bandits rule as kings!

Retirees weep on dying beds
But next day an obituary will read,
“A life well spent”!

Schoolchildren learn under Tigris tree
Sitting on the bare ground
At the mercy of hungry ants!

Workers stretch out their hand
Demanding long held salaries
Crying with a teary slogan,

“When country is bad!”

Written by: Uchechukwu Ekwurekwu Obiakor
Edited by: Kukogho Iruesiri Samson

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