Joseph Oladehinde Ibikunle

Freshman - 562 Points (31 of July 1988 / Alagbado, Lagos.)

The Blood Of Innocents Stains The Land - Poem by Joseph Oladehinde Ibikunle

The blood of innocents stains the land
It splashes every street and crescent
Behold the song of funeral band
Howling from nigh and distant adjacent.
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The blood of innocents stains the land
Her children rise against one another
See the shell of destruction on a livid hand
Waiting in ambush in revenge of his brother.
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The blood of innocents stains the land
It paints the green and taints the white
Peace becomes perilous - blood sucked by sand
A favoured federation in a bleeding blight.
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The blood of innocents stains the land
It flows like floods of erosion
The truthful and their truth can not stand
We sleep in voyage upon the river of oppression.
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The blood of innocents stains the land
It splashes and spills over the air
Not even plenty prayer on holier ground
Can indeed atone our chaos and fear.
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Topic(s) of this poem: art

Form: Ekphrastic


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I wrote this poem in response to the political crises in Nigeria which lead to bombing and killing of innocent and poor nigerians,

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, June 3, 2015


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