Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu

Rookie - 171 Points (16 January 1968 / Umuahia, Nigeria)

Guernica - Poem by Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu

Dark frame of mind ensconces frontiers
with a blanched dapple of strife.
Hell is let loose on Desert,
bewildered by new griefs of a listless heaven.
Camels hit by flame-tailed arrows
soothe their flayed humps;
other alien beasts hone in one stretch of prayer,
reminding God of the promise of Rainbow.
The prepuce of Desert reclines and
peels off, revealing the whiteness of Death....

And candles burn to light up the dark
caches of Desert
And incence burns to ward off ghouls
associated with child-genocide.
Table clothes are thrown over compound fires
to extinguish this consanguinal hate....

Webs!
Confrontational lychgates peal bells
on blockaded thresholds....

How do we summon Picasso?


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 22, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, December 23, 2013


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