Haruna Garba

Haruna Garba Poems

I won't sing a Song,
lest I misguide the feet.
I won't sing a Song
about this unpleasant world-

Not only with bangs
is a battle fought,
tongue tautens some torque
if your ears are the echoing types

The moment it is lit,
the perfect flares out
The moment it manifests,
the perfect disappears:

Hoopoe, our bird of wisdom
The celebrated pendant, the poet
After decades of cultural heroism
Filled a cup from centaur

Who would have thought of water being sold in a shop?
Ewers or guard then in tins
But now we see different
We have seen it all

So many the grey are ebon
So many the innocent, guilty
It is only a matter of proof
Smart attorneys know of it

Milking me with all their strength
At least those in the position do
Milking me dry all their many days
Can't guess the barrels' whereabouts

Bottoms used to padded seats
Sides groomed to sleep on air
It is back to the helm or sink
Is as it is with the captains

Where I am, goat is tied to a post
Out of mercy, the kids are kept free
They suck and keep running about
They jump, buck and freely run out

Badly as each may want to be good
To leave alone what so should be
That, ants of the world won't allow
Bitten, you're all for ridding the itch

To stuff the brain,
Nearly busted my ears were
To hear the blowups,
Nearly busted veins i had had

Sweet things of the world
So scarce, so short lived
History ere you would hymn

Moment my head arrived without
And when I had found my mouth
For some forty minutes I cried it out
New to its weather utterly i was

To say that Google is fussy
Is like fire being it to every tinder
To say that Google is ethical
Is like a buccaneer is out at sea

More, more above the stars
Vastest blanket shading them
Infinity is a magnificent sight
In between numbers it skyrockets

Quite serenely the hunt goes
children at the mothers heel
till such a time the feed is found
when the forestaller does chicken out.


Of goodwill ridden mind,
and goodwill ever taking first place
I didn't grow suspicious in the first place
not until I came upon without stuff

Draped in hard fabric
Feet walking deep pits
And forelimbs waving
To all audience the world's

Stinking in dough after a sale
but unaware of a tailing robber,
here went the wayfarer after twilight.


So am I, a house mouse
My tail trailing behind
Which trackers find hard to trace

Haruna Garba Biography

Been a teacher since 1977. Bsc Ed Chemistry graduate from University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. Taught Mathematics and Chemistry.)

The Best Poem Of Haruna Garba

I Won't Sing A Song

I won't sing a Song,
lest I misguide the feet.
I won't sing a Song
about this unpleasant world-
unpleasantness at Hiroshima,
gore all over Jalalabad.
I won't sing a Song,
lest I misguide the steps.
I won't sing a Song
about this tragic world
Tragic plane crashes,
tragic capsizing vessels.
I won't sing a Song
if craftsmen will specialize in dynamite drums
and blatantly make fire spitting flutes.
Why should I sing if craftsmen know nothing
accept to make piano keys able to spew hazards?
Can't be so dumb as to sing
while craftsmen are busy making weapon drugs.
I won't sing a song
Knowing Napoleon had fought sixty battles
and the seismic Tsunami yawns from time to time
I won't sing a song,
knowing Tsunami as I do, a convulsive eater
and water all round, she will not stop to belch
Drums of dynamites,
fire spitting flutes,
pianos of long ranging keys.
These aren't my idea of music
so I won't sing a song

With Bleeding Kansas fresh in mind
and engulfing of the Persian gulf,
how could i sing a song?
I won't sing a song
when the refugees fleeing ambush of tigers
fall victims to the pride of lions.

Haruna Garba Comments

Haruna Garba 13 April 2019

Thank you Gayen for the comment. I added some of your poems to my Reading List.

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Prabir Gayen 02 April 2019

Love your poem...very beautiful poem..you are very talented...May God bless you.

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