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Friday, August 14, 2015

You don't know what you've got till you've lost it
So goes a wise familiar saying
But human wants, economists say, are insatiable
So we magnify our discontent till we are inconsolable

The legitimate aspiration of my kindred and neighbours
Inhabiting the land of the rising sun
To be treated fairly in their motherland
Is being hijacked by a youth in faraway England

Self-appointed messiah of Ndigbo and other eastern peoples
Commander-in-chief of a non-existent army
The insults and hate you spew will surely boomerang
None but you and your kind will your tirades dang

No country on this terrestrial ball is perfect
No family or community is either
But a bird in the hand is worth two elsewhere, I believe
And there can be no justice and fairplay except the past we forgive

We can't sow discord now and hope to reap harmony in El Dorado
We can't belittle constituted authority
And think we can thus build order and progress
But if we cherish the bird in the hand, we'll soar upwards by God's grace

Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2015

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