Edgar James Momoh

Rookie - 191 Points (Sierra Leone)

Sound Of Terror - Poem by Edgar James Momoh

Did anybody hear that sound?
What sound is it...
Its the sound of terror that came at midnight watch
Pounding the ground like an earthquake

Hmm! They are coming...
Who are they? Riff-raff, rag-tagged is how they look
Terror beaming in their eyes
That even darkness cannot hide

Oh! They have come...
Vampires, agents of Gog and Magog,
They, who do not spare the suckling baby
Nor the mother in labor

Ah! They are here...
Arrows of pestilence by night and
Bullets of evil by day
They came with a blast that lasted for 11 years.

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem is about the civil war in my country Sierra Leone. It was styled by United Nations as one of the most gruesome civil conflicts in Africa by then. All forms of crude methods were used to inflict mayhem on the people of Sierra Loeone. The war was largely fueled by what globally became known as 'blood diamond'. It lasted for 11 harrowing years.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 8, 2013

Poem Edited: Saturday, February 9, 2013

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