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Published December 2, 2017

Second Place: Africa Poetry Contest #1

I Speak Not of Unknown Things

by Efe-Khaese Rinse Desmond
(Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria)

I Speak Not of Unknown Things

by Efe-Khaese Rinse Desmond

I speak not of unknown things,
For I speak of how terrorism bombards the north
and pestilence ravages the south
I speak of how we revel in the west,
Glorifying ourselves because these cardinal points will never meet
Yet we forget, we forget that the hurt of one, could burn another
And the dancing shoes of the south, responds to the war drums of the north
I speak of how we defile nature, with greedy oil and gaseous poisons
Forgetting that we defile ourselves
For dust we are, and dust we shall be
But we forget, o we forget

I speak not of unknown things,
For I speak of how we say the world is sick,
And yet we are doctors
Of how we say the world is unjust
And yet we are the Justices
Of how we say the world is corrupt,
And yet we are the leaders
Of how we say the world needs prayers
And yet we are the clergies,
Of how we say the world is hungry
And yet we are the farmers
Of how we say we need a new Nigeria, a new Africa, a new World
Yet, we are the world!
Alas, do we find a replacement for ourselves
Or do we find a replacement for our ways?

I speak not of unknown things,
For I speak of how we've starved ourselves of kindness
And rendered our thoughts as bachelors,
Single to ourselves and married to none
I speak not of that child ruling the streets,
Neither do I speak of children who no longer trifle with toy guns,
But toy with people's lives with guns
I speak to you, who starved that starved child of bread
Making him stretch his plate by day and his gun by night

I speak not of unknown things,
For I speak of how our milk of kindness has become sour
Bottled up in us, expired from long term disuse
I speak of our future, crying in the streets, starved of food and sanity
I speak of resolution, of action, of selflessness
I speak of how the elimination of an obstacle begins with a helping hand
I speak of how a prayer for Africa is a prayer for her freedom
I speak of how role models should be made of ourselves
And not of our leaders
I speak of our eyes, looking without but seeing within
Viewing that silent voice, crying out in the darkness
Saying, "We are the world"
I speak not of unknown things,
For the things I speak, you already know


Biography
Efe-Khaese Rinse Desmond
is in his second year in the University of
Ibadan, Nigeria. A lawyer in training, he is a literati who believes that the
poetic muse is a lady, playing the proverbial game of hard-to-get,
absconding at the slightest distraction and appearing when she is not
needed. He is a writer, a speaker, a story teller, a Poet-n-Instagram, a
literary critic and so many others which he has not discovered yet. His
favourite quote, credited to himself is "Life is Beans to those who are
patient enough to let it done".
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