Albinos On The Razor-Edge Of Danger Poem by Chinedu Dike

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Chinedu Dike

Chinedu Dike

Enugwu-Ukwu, Anambra State; Nigeria.

Albinos On The Razor-Edge Of Danger

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At the behest of witchdoctors headhunters are on the prowl.
They're watching, waiting, stalking, and avoiding detection;  
in the hope of an ambush with a brutal ferocity.
Their gruesome machetes as sharp as
a guillotine blade poised for execution,  
certain to dismember the of body any victims
into bleeding chunks in a matter of seconds.

Faced with this dreadful menace albinos are confined
to their homes swallowed up by boredom,  
in a perpetual state of fear and insecurity.
But compelled by absolute necessity sometimes,  
they'd venture out nonetheless.
Such mandatory runs - risky as hell!  
Could easily turn into a date with cruel fate.

The horrific butchering of East African Albinos
has left many beheaded;  
limps, genitals, ears, tongues, and breasts cut out;  
hearts, kidneys, livers, and eyes gouged out —
while victims were still alive in many cases.
Even deceased albinos are not left out,  
as graves are exhumed and desecrated.

Myths have it that their body parts possess magical powers,
very potent when used as ingredients in ritual sacrifices.
A primitive superstition validated by witchdoctors,  
which drives the illicit trade in albinos' body parts.
The macabre enterprise is patronized by subhumans seeking,  
to appease some blood thirsty gods to ward off misfortunes,
those looking for supernatural powers and wealth,
and all sorts of ambitions pursuing gratification.

Ironically, this vulnerable group is also maltreated
and maimed for exactly the reverse reason:
in some of these societies, they're presumed
to be cursed individuals with an evil omen
who bring a fatal misfortune.
Albinos are trapped in a never-ending cycle of persecution.
They're the unfortunate victims of their hereditary trait,  
coerced into a sinister shadow by fiendish gangs.
Theirs is a life on the razor-edge of danger.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Topic(s) of this poem: crime
Kumarmani Mahakul 24 November 2018

It is my revisit to this poem.Shocking treatment of Albinos has been so touchingly and incisively delineated. Really it is a brilliant poem.

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Chinedu Dike 24 November 2018

Thank you sir, your insightful comment. Remain blessed.

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Hazel Durham 26 February 2017

Shocking treatment of Albinos, beautifully written stating the facts with your creative pen, I pray that change is on the way for the Albinos and anybody who is persecuted! Great write!

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Chinedu Dike 26 February 2017

Beautiful comment Hazel. Thanks a million times and do remain blessed.

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Dr Dillip K Swain 02 December 2017

A though provoking poem! Persuasiveness swings with wonderful elocution! What a marvelous talent! Pray god bless you.....!

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Rob Lamberton 18 January 2023

Exposure to "life on the razor-edge of danger." is better on the page than "facing gruesome machetes as sharp as a guillotine blade poised for execution, "

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Kesav Venkat Easwaran 07 January 2023

How sad! Despite scientific advancement superstitions still rule humanity. All those witchdoctors should be tracked and cut to size.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 05 January 2023

Revisiting this well crafted and executed poem. Another poetic gem.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 27 September 2022

Perpetrators of evil acts must be exposed and condemned and people must be warned against these evil people. Your powerful pen can do these noble acts. Thank you for sharing your great poems.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 28 July 2022

A vivid and brilliant depiction of the evilness of humanity. Deeply poignant and shocking to the core.

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Chinedu Dike

Chinedu Dike

Enugwu-Ukwu, Anambra State; Nigeria.
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