The Plague

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The Plague

since no blade fits to shave its locks
it steals into our territory
hiding like weed amongst wheat
it snipes at our soldiers
and unbars our gates to guests
it drives us mad with cares
and turns us into monsters
which frighten our kith and kin
it bags a million plaques
each a prize for a hundred souls
that has fallen by its sword

—Ekweremadu Franklin Uchenna

Ekweremadu Franklin Uchenna is a young writer, currently living in Kaduna State in the North of Nigeria. Apart from writing poetry, he also tries his hand at plays and short stories. He is currently working on his first novel. His works have appeared in Saraba Magazine, Flashquake, The Summerset Review, and elsewhere.

April 2011