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WHO SAID YOU'LL LIVE LONG(ER) by Ikpoko Sharon

Day85
#365daypoetryforadvocacyandsocialchangechallenge

You newly coupled who have refused
A return from Paris
You recline like butter on bread
Who said that you'll live long(er)?

You who think suicide is next
If you left college next best
You shut your eyes on all of your kind
Who said that you'll live long(er)?

You claim teen
Ignoring the clock that said, "no time"
You forget the phrase, 'Gone too Soon'
Who said that you'll live long(er)?

Like the prosperous Ant
Just in the corridor, he kicked a pale
Death took no bribes
Who said that you'll live long(er)?

Like the innocent thief
Who found a new source of livelihood
Life could not offer pity no more
Who said that you'll live long(er)?

So now you changed the figures
And cared less what employees felt
The higher throne was all you aimed
Who said that you'll live long(er)?

You were told to restrain
For your family, health and wealth
Yet you stuck to the wrap like a tar
Who said that you'll …
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WE ARE HOPE by Winifred Fredrick

Day84
#365daypoetryforadvocacyandsocialchangechallenge

When we marched, we whispered freedom
Not to be shackled, we marched for our future
Not a protest, a silent walk for our kingdom
But with threats, disguised as request they made fixture
They said our whispers were too violent
So in fear we did relent

We marched without our voices
Only hope on our feet resounding our dreams
But this time our feet was silenced
Don't march so loud, our nation requires peace;
This they said, waving at us guns and vices

They said we did breath too loud
Like mourners on procession, we stood huddled in a corner
Afraid to speak, afraid to breath, afraid to live, to lift our banner

But hope, it never dies, inside us it simmered
Take our voices, it whispered
But we won't seat in defeat, we recovered
Break us, we are resilience, we whimpered
They pushed us, now we rise, we are resilience

We are lions we proclaimed
We won't back down any more, we swore
Guns and prisons, threats and death
But we …

CHANGE by OYEDOKUN IBUKUN PENAWD

Day84
#365daypoetryforadvocacyandsocialchangechallenge



"Citizens of this notable nation
Cry of your needs we have heard
Cripple shall walk; lame shall run
Change! that's what we need"

Humble persuasion of the sweet tongue
'Hat-less' 'lead-ass' recited dynamism like poetry
Head over heels; change has changed our agog
Head in the clouds is the society.

Asshole rock of pacesetter
Abode of abnormal change
All is trade by barter
A thing or two is a victim of change.

Nitwit we must have been
Never asked what manner of change
Negative or positive Ampicillin?
Newly adoption of waveless sage.

Gallant resources of the past
Growing down to be valueless like refuse
Gluttonous greediness of 'politrickcians'
Go to pot; they have changed our uplift.

Editor in chief to emperor in cheat
Ex gratia we hardly have to survive in the society
Ego and superego; did you put in pit?
Every amenities are elusive like morality.

(STANZAIC ACROSTIC)



OYEDOKUN IBUKUN PENAWD …

Deep by Daisy Emah - Emah

Day 83
#365daypoetryforadvocacyandsocialchangechallenge


Footsteps
Held breath
Increased heart beats
The door knob turns open
He walks in as he often
Tucked away I try to hide
I am a sport he loves to find
Hands on my throat
A threat is his oath
Silence is the new me
As he has his way with me
The pain too hard to bear
As he thrust his shaft in my rear
Choking and oppressing
Threatening and hitting
Lust dancing in his eyes
As his body plays the melodies
He takes a piece of me
Stirring a hatred for me
Death please take me soon
In the grave I'd rather swoon
Satisfied with his victory
While I cower in my misery
He turns and walks away
Only to return the following day


Daisy Emah-Emah hails from Akwa Ibom State, Studied Computer Science. A social development worker who loves bringing change, currently volunteering for an NGO and loves writing.

BLACK BIRD by Jacob Happiness

Day 82
#365daypoetryforadvocacyandsocialchangechallenge

You are still sitting alone
in the dark corners of broken wings
Silently hugging your sorrows in
whispering tears
So you will never fly, blackbird

The memories of your father's pains
are perfectly seamed in a thousand
fragments to the lonely gown your mom
wore every other night. They never flew
So you will never fly, blackbird

They said your brother sentenced
himself behind bars so strong
Cocaine weaved your face unevenly
he calls you his lost wife's picture
So you will never fly, blackbird

They also said that your sister
is tied to the fists
of a man who nourishes her daily
with encounters fatal than accident
So you will never fly, blackbird

So you are still sitting alone
in the dark alleys of shredded hopes
In the haunted mansions of the infinite
stigmas sticking stubbornly to your black skin
So you will never fly, blackbird

I can see them hovering around you
Zombie dreams wandering your deserted
Mind. Their malnour…

SOJOURN OF TRUTH AND WISHES by Thelma Nwosu

Day 81
#365daypoetryforadvocacyandsocialchangechallenge


Come,
Let me take you beyond the oceans,
Past the rise and fall of mountain tops and valley bottoms,
Through the Nile and the Niger,
Let me show you a people rich in diversity,
Regardless of adversity
Let me show you a people who comprehend loyalty,
Who are disjointly united

Come,
Follow me as we sojourn through history's lands,
To a time when our kin were bound by feet and hands
Watch closely and see,
See how the fire of discord was kindled by foreign mouths,
As the rains came and went with our kin taking a plunge into doom,
To life's south
Dry the tears in your eyes,
Dry your eyes and look
Listen as History speaks,
Do you see the waves of chaos that spread through our lands?
Did it not spread well and smooth like sweet butter on bread?
Look at the wars and suffering induced by silly laws,
Need I say more?

Come,
Come away from History's shed
Come with me to the halls of the present
Can you smell th…

ECHOES OF SORROW by Blessing Nnenna Edeh

Day 80
#365daypoetrychallengeforadvocacyandsocialchange


My soul is buried in sorrow
For there is bitterness in the marrow
My home has turned to a battle field
And the crops in the farm don't yield

No brother, no mother
Alone in a world without a father
Lost my blood in a bloody fight
When earth produced men with might

I cry, I weep, I groan
All I do is stare at the blind sun
The gentle breeze is no where to be found
Even the cool sea is in for a mourn

It all began a grief ago
When the minds of men picked up aggression
Mortals were slaughtered like sheep
And the spirit of humanity was murdered to weep

The living stood alone and wept
For their loved ones have gone afar
The land of immortals swallowed our people
And left us to mourn everyday

The sun has shut its eyes
Even the moon has gone blind
The air we breathe has turned sour
The rock shed not water but blood
For the land has seen evil

In the farm
We find the skull of our brothers
Crops have refused to grow
For all they absorb is…