Chukuemeka Akpe

Rookie (January 02,1962 / Lagos, Nigeria)

Chukuemeka Akpe Poems

41. A House Is Not A Home 6/6/2006
42. Africa 6/6/2006
43. An Elegy To A Fair Lady 10/31/2007

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A House Is Not A Home

They adorn these walls as ugly ornaments:
Invisible trails of vermin
Painted with the bile of bitterness
for all to see.

The roof is a dome of cobwebs
Spun with entangled filial threads
that trap the sun’s warmth
Plunging the enclave in perpetual cold.

Its fragile foundation,
quaked by a split along maternal lines
that displaced brethren into separate camps,
still records intrigues and suspicions as after-shocks.

The patriarch wears a mask of anger
to scare off domestic intruders
and hide the wrinkles of frustrations
Etched so ...

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O, What A City!

refuse heaps dot the skyline
obstructing nature’s lights.
Rags-to-Riches mountaineers
trampling mangled metals with jagged teeth,
picks and sacks in tow, dig their way to the summit.

rotting filth

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