Treasure Island

Morakinyo Temiloluwa Bolarinwa

(2/9/1992 / Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria)

Bell the Cat


We are like Naked soles treading on thorns, helpless and lonely in fate's turns. We are like muds under Oluwere, tasting droplets of the sky's shower. We despise our conditions, we protest our situations, we are powerless before our oppressors, fearful before our annihilators. Arise o Africa, Arise! , Arise o Africans, Arise! Face your oppressors, Mordecais to your annihalators. Drive out your enemies, milkers of your mother's fat, I look and see an Achilles heel, the plan is good, who shall bell the cat.

Submitted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Edited: Friday, August 23, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Like my others, this is another poem conveying the agony of the Nigerian People, except this time around, it raises a silently obvious question as to the means of solving our problems and the readiness of Nigerian to put down the sacrifice to be paid in the course of their freedom from those pains. The phrase 'who shall bell the Cat' is coined from one of the books I read as a Pupil in which the bone of contention was who shall sacrifice himself for the sake of the common nuisance.

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