Minister of a Deity

The man
Yes that man in a red robe
Yes the one in black hat
And white chalk over his face
O! Yea he’s the one
The traditional slave
slave to tradition you mean?
I once saw him in my dream
His mission untold
He’s the eyes of the gods
You mean messenger of the gods?
Yea! the carrier of sacrifice
To the creator
To appease the gods
And atone hideous abomination
With abragadabra calls
the spirit of the dead
Spirit of our fathers
And ancestors
Offering prayers of conciliation
It is said that with good tongue
The snail crosses the thorns
And that a man not guilty of any sin
Crosses the waters
On a piece of a calabash
May we never be in need
And not find a helper
I pray for the good of our
People in their farm
And for those at home
For the good of those at work
And for our children at play
Any man who looks at us
With an evil eye
Let him go blind
Live and let live
If the kite perches
Let the eagle perch
Whichever denies the other
The right to perch
May it wing break
Did you say that?
Are you one of them?
Well, these words he said in my dream
To a strange creature
It face I could not behold
minister of the gods.

Unkind to mankind. (Chris Nwogu)

It all started somewhere in the garden
She turned left instead of right
Following where the serpent pointed
A scapegoat
deserving whatever suffering heaped on her
She caused him to fall

He who once worshipped with us
Has turned his back
His reason
Our mind’s a traitor
I have seen great sorrow
loom upon the sons of men
From time immemorial

By the hoe shall you live
No survival till you till

Even when the land was ready
Waiting for crops
The rain fled away
And left the cloud naked
And the roaring holocaust
Of his vengeance fills the earth
The sun in her incessant cruelty
Sucked moistures of the earth
To it very last drop
Burning furnace
Like a bulging eye of madness
Parboiled man like farmers to rice
To ease shelling
Man lean upon his hoe
To mend a broken plate
The God‘s unkind to mankind
Fortunate is the man who has
Never tasted Gods vengeance.

Chris Nwogu.