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POEMS BY OZIOMA ONUZULIKE
EMPTY RITUAL

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(for the Education Minister)

 
Once upon a time
 
Emerged a golden sun
 
Beaming angelic smiles.
 
And we sought a benign space
 
To bask in its soothing balm.

 

Now,

This sun is swallowed, chooromm....

By black clouds fleeing

From the weight of elephants,

Struck bind by greed,

Fighting over our land.

 

Now, we perform this

Ritual in the dark,

Growing yellow leaves

For the market.

 

 

Copy right by Ulonka and Ozioma Onuzuluike, 2002

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