Babatunde Aremu

State Pardon - Poem by Babatunde Aremu

Our father's goat
Has eaten our father's portion
So, pardon all the goats
The state is theirs.
No matter the gravity
Of their offence,
It does not matter
How many have transited
Due their past brigandage
Just pardon them.

Pardon them, they are bigmen,
Pardon them due to their connections,
Grant them pardon because of political ties
After all they are our kinsmen.
Pardon all the looters, criminals, armed robbers
Grant the terrorists amnesty
Let's give all criminals state pardon
Until we create saints out of 'Judases'

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Strange things do happen. The most populous nation in Africa recently granted state pardon to ex-convicts who looted the nations treasury. What a bizzare!

Comments about State Pardon by Babatunde Aremu

  • (3/27/2013 5:58:00 AM)

    It's dog eat dog out there and this poem brings it home, makes people think about it but most of them don' t have a voice or strength to do much about it which is very sad. (Report) Reply

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  • Neela Nath Das (3/14/2013 9:15:00 AM)

    Satiric poem. I love your brevity of expression and your straightforwardness.Kudos! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 14, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, March 14, 2013

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