Hemlock. A poem by Victor Onyiliagha

 HEMLOCK
 By Victor Onyiliagha
Ground nut pyramids
formed the skyline
of our second exodus.1
At the confluence
our passover was on dryland
to the rubicone of the rainforest
To keep Nigeria one
is a task that must be done.2
To keep Nigeria one
justice must be done.3
Harmattan clouds  of dust
thundered with southwester
The stillborn conceiv
ed at Aburi
had its sunset at yawning dawn.4
displayed in glassed morbid anatomy,
a conscientising opus
on the desk generals who whored her
from twelve to thirty six states
The sceptred centre like the Devil
 shared poisoned kolanut,
 drank poisoned chalice of light crude
and took the denizens to a minaret
promised promised and promised
and outdid Alibaba and forty thieves.
references:
1.Wole Soyinka. A Shuttle in the crypt.
2.Yakubu Gowon’s slogan during the civilwar.
3.Wole Soyinka’s tat response to Gowon’s slogan.
4.Chukwuemeka Ike. Sunset at Dawn.
•Victor Onyiliagha, U.K-based writer, contributes poetry and commentaries to USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine (Houston, Texas). He holds a Master of Arts degree in English and Literary Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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  1. To the reader.This is not meant to be a free verse.It is a sixtupulets.The first verse ends at "the rubucone of the rainforest" The second verse at "southwester"while the third verse is at "from twelve to thirty six states"Special thanks to Chido for the forum and his patience for a meticulous review.

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