Poem

The boys from Kagara.

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From a government college of science and squalor.
Hasty departure on narrow paths. Under frail foliage and angry sun.
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Sweaty pants, burning stomachs,
Noses to fidgeting nozzles,
Lost looks and thoughts.
Beds of twigs and ants.
Long cold nights, Filled with terror of ghostly shrieks.
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Kagara, county of the homeland of gap-toothed and white bearded generals, veterans of war. Now neighbours to the lair of jackals and foxes.
*
Gone, nostalgia of the innocent and incense of laughter.
Gone, the mist of boys will be boys.
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For a while, pantings of frightened children in the warehouse of distress. Worth more in captivity than in freedom.
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In the whirlwind, demands of ransom
From benighted parents.
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In heaven, there is a ransom that is free and it’s days are here.

Yet,
Who else will wear the ankara of Kagara as everything goes awry
In the arid land that rains blood.
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@Philemon Doro Adjekuko

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