Yine Fai

Why Biafra? - Poem by Yine Fai

I don't want to think of Biafra
because am afraid of war.
The unity of Nigeria is deeply rooted
with pure bred and hybrid
why then should we divide.

I heard of Biafra
even the moon still tell it
tale by moonlight.
The cry of those children still
echoes please don't fight.

I have heard of,
and read books on Biafra.
The glittering sight of blood and
the ra ta ta sound of gun shot
grieves me in fear like I was there

Will Biafra end the suffering
of her people? when the eagles
still lingers among the birds?
Please do not repeat history
in search of freedom.

Have you forgotten the wounds?
The many days of pain and ache?
Aged men given guns to battle?
Let the past flow with the river of time.
Forget Biafra, Let's embrace Nigeria.

Even in our state, many still envy.
The past election they thought- would be the last.
They think upon us asunder but we still together.
The wave may be strong but the mountain
Will endure and remain. Long live Nigeria.

Topic(s) of this poem: war and peace

Form: Blank Verse

Comments about Why Biafra? by Yine Fai

  • Chinedu Dike (1/21/2016 1:19:00 PM)

    A well articulated piece of poetry, elegantly penned in poetic diction with profound insight. Being an Igbo man myself I quite understand the essence of the poem, and I concur with your perspective of the subject. I sincerely hope that Nigerian will learn to build bridges that unite and not barriers that divide. To understand and appreciate the interrelatedness of our realities. A lovely poem that calls for universal brotherhood of man with conviction. Thanks for sharing Yine. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 10, 2016

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