Henry Chukwuemeka Onyeama
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Do They Know?
Do they know it was there
Yes, that very spot
that He was born?
Do they know that the grenade desecrates the manger
where the baby' s head rested on a pile of winter grass?
The rocket, dropping from a stratosphere of hatred,
drowns the hosannas of the celestial choir on that cold Christmas morning.
The flamethrowers, the bombs and the bomblets
pierce the pacific soil with the pulsations of war.
On the day the heavenly sentinels announced:
'Glory to God in the highest
And on earth peace and goodwill to men'
a shiny sword was unsheathed from a scarlet ...