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POEMS BY OZIOMA ONUZULIKE
MILLENNIUM SONG

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Can you hear

the lonely voice

above the hilarious voices

in the vast night market

where men

women

and children

are clearing the table

for the long night of waiting?

 

Can you hear

the lonely voice

above the thundering of a million lions prowling the streets

of this vast night market

of men

women

and Children

washing away the stale face

of this century?

 

Above the battle cry of gunfire,

above the chimes of church bells

and the hilarious voices

of looters, drunkards and fornicators

peeling the last barks

off the hollow trunks

of this century,

Can you hear the lonely voice

inside this trench

far away from the battle field?

 

Above the expectant groans

of the labour rooms

where ambitious women

sweat in the boxing ring

to fell the first baby

into the clear slate of the millennium,

Can you hear the lonely voice?

 

Can you hear the imperishable

echo of truth's thunder

lying under the watery eye balls

of men

women

and children

whose rotten underwears,

white washed with the sweet aroma

of the morning rose,

await the furnace of the rising sun?

 

The wind shall soon expose

The hen's rump

For genocide is only on hold,

Ethnic daggers waiting in new sheaths...

 

Nsukka, Midnight December 31, 1999

 

 

Copy right by Ulonka and Ozioma Onuzuluike, 2002

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Copy right by Ulonka and Ozioma Onuzuluike, 2002