in this part of the world,
our leaders celebrate 60 years of free-doom
by ploughing peaceful protesters from their mother’s soil
they say we are thorns pricking their blood-stained pockets
and the colour of their language is violence so much that
our flag, our war shield was dyed from green to red
and they freeze the anthem on our lips
with an accompanying sound of gun
and they cringe the plea of “peace & unity” on our tongue
and the echoes of our voices, the shadows of our bodies movin
towards the Atlantic to swim ashore along with
the souls of our heroes past but do they not haunt you?

Rahma O. Jimoh is a writer and nature photog. She loves to write on humanity, identity and politics. She’s a lover of nature, photography and tourism. She has been published or forthcoming in Feral, Versification, Serotonin, Madness Muse Press and other literary journals. She was a joint winner, Pin 10-day poetry challenge, 2019, Second runner up in the Poesy writers contest 2018 and recently shortlisted as top ten in the Hysteria Writing Contest, 2020. She is Poetry Editor for The Quills and Contributor at Best Of Africa. She hope her works would leave an impact on hearts and footprints on the sand of time. She’s on Facebook @Rahma O. Jimoh. IG/Twitter: DynamicRahma.