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Ezimadu Ugorji's Shortlisted Poem, 'The Soul Of Us'

Ezimadu Ugorji is a 400-level student of Mechanical Engineering at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. You can find activism for the soul, which I write

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THE SOUL OF US


the boli-seller screams oleee!
it is the agbero,
shorts torn at the knees.

the pursuers pursue.
among them is the okadaman
children’s school fees unpaid

why is he angry?
why is he chasing?

2-by-2 meets the head
body hugs the earth, dead
and their anger is pacified

now a mother is crying
now a father is pacing

who dealt the blow?
who killed the boy?

the big-bellied, soft-palmed
big daddy, sends a bag of rice
and fresh-scenting mint notes

the parents dance, and sing songs
but mints served from those soft palms too
has turned other sons into thugs.

They know. We know.
We hail, and adulate
and mint notes rain.

We're puppets on a string
helplessly ourselves, it is the soul of us.







About The Poet 

Ezimadu Ugorji is a 400-level student of Mechanical Engineering at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

You can find activism for the soul, which I write at ezimmadu.medium.com.


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