Abubakar Abdulkadir

Rookie (21 March,1995 / Niger State, Nigeria)


They poured into our room
with smiles pasted on thier chins
chanting lullabies and tossing me
from one bitter to another barbed hands
saying, 'may he live to see seasons'
but death they so much wish
strap me behind and walk away

Humans set ablaze ones roof in the sly
and hurry to ones aid at broad daylight
Are these not same faces
whom tied thier wrappers heavy
with sympathy
when your first fruit fell unripe?
They did again when Yabusa
your second flew with the winds
into the darks of eternity
Now when i came like a stars
fluttering like a bird
in the sky
They so much wished
my oil-lamp eyes fade
so they can tie thier wrappers
once again

Mama, they wished you fruits by your side
In secrecy, death they so much wished your child
Mama, what barn of yours is of gold?

Submitted: Friday, October 18, 2013
Edited: Thursday, November 21, 2013

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