ADVANCE WARNING SIGNALS

ADVANCE WARNING SIGNALS

OCT 2013

 

I want to beat a drum

Because I love my country Nigeria;

Apologies if the vibrations

Echo “muddy” sounds;

I want to throw “stones”

Because I love my country Nigeria;

Apologies if the stones

Hit already bruised flesh.

 

I’m in a trance…

I find myself in Mercyville

Omoluabi reigns righteously

The people rejoice;

I travel the treasure groves

Of abundance in Mercyville,

Young and old villagers

Living in self-made paradise;

Children playing on streets

Paved with refined black gold

Tourists gawking at the beauty

Of my dreamland.

 

Breaking news!

Omoluabi answers

The ultimate call

The people wear long faces.

Suddenly, I wake up

I find myself

In yet another village;

Young and old living in self-made Armageddon

Children wallowing in black muck of poverty,

Spillage from unrefined black gold

Repulsive enough

To drive off tourists.

 

Breaking news!

The ruler answers

The ultimate call

The people break into wild jubilation

 

Hmn….

Risk triggers!

Advance warning signals!

“A word is enough for the wise”

So say the elders!

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About Biodun3

Biodun Samuel Adepetu lives in Lagos, Nigeria with his wife and friend of over twelve years, his multi-cultural neighbours, and their innocent but exciting children, in a simple African neighbourhood with everyday sounds, sights, and smell. He too has had his share of Western education, first at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), then at the University of Ado-Ekiti, both in Nigeria. He is also a professional member of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, and the Project Management Institute, Pennsylvania, USA. He loves reading, writing, music, travelling, and photography.
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