SENTINEL POETRY MAGAZINE  APRIL 2003

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Afam Ben Akeh
Three Poems

Martin Jack
Four Poems

Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo
Four Poems

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Profile of the poet and Five Poems

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Afam Ben Akeh
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Unfortunately it is now virtually impossible to talk Bush and Blair out of the war. They will not stop until they have achieved whatever objective they have - which at the moment is not clear. If the war was to disarm Iraq, what was the evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction? Admittedly Iraq had those weapons in the past, but claim they don't have them anymore. Just like Americans believed George Bush when he claimed he had stopped his drinking, Saddam should have been given the benefit of the doubt. Hans Blix and the United Nations inspectors were the benefits of the doubt however the impatience of Bush and Blair would not see it through. Perhaps the Americans should now vote to remove George Bush from the office of president as a pre-emptive action since it is a well-known fact that alcoholics often relapse. It is all very depressing, but perhaps this should cheer you up as you begin this month of April:


SEXUAL HEALING

Get up, get up, get up, get up
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up

Oh baby, now let's get down tonight
Baby I'm hot just like an oven, I need some loving
And baby, I can't hold it much longer, it's getting stronger and stronger
And when I get that feeling I want sexual healing - sexual healing
Oh baby, makes me feel so fine, helps to relieve my mind

Sexual healing, baby, is good for me
Sexual healing is something that's good for me
Whenever blue teardrops are falling
And my emotional stability is leaving me there is something I can do
I can get on the telephone and call you up, baby
And honey, I know you'll be there to relieve me
The love you give to me will free me
If you don't know the things you're dealing
Oh, I can tell you, darling, that it's sexual healing

Get up, get up, get up, get up, let's make love tonight
Wake up, wake up wake up, wake up, 'cause you do it right
Baby, I got sick this morning, a sea was storming inside of me
Baby, I think I'm capsizing, the waves are rising and rising
And when I get that feeling, I want sexual healing
Sexual healing is good for me, makes me feel so fine, it's such a rush
Helps to relieve the mind, and it's good for us

Sexual healing, baby, is good for me
Sexual healing is something that's good for me
And it's good for me and it's so good to me
My baby ooh come take control, just grab a hold
Of my body and mind, soon we'll be making it
Honey, oh we're feeling fine, you're my medicine open up and let me in
Darling, you're so great, I can't wait for you to operate

Get up, get up, get up, let's make love tonight
Wake up, wake up, wake up, 'cause you do it right
I can't wait for you to operate
When I get this feeling, I need sexual healing
Oh, when I get this feeling, I need sexual healing
Oh, when I get this feeling, I need sexual healing
(M. Gaye/O.Brown)

Hopefully this crisis will be over soon and people can get back to living and loving again. Lot's sexual healing - healing the wounds of war - healing the wounds of tyranny - healing the wounds of bereavement and where possible a little sexual healing to recreate a life or two lost in this war. Happy Loving on this first day of April--the day Marvin Gaye was snatched away by the gun. A reminder that guns are not shy of good things. In his lifetime he fought his demons, he wrote lifestyle music, he asked real questions. He asked an eternal question What's going on? That is a question for everyone to ask today, find an answer, know exactly what's going on and find a way to fix it. Forever Marvin Gaye. Still going on.


Nnorom Azuonye
London, April 1, 2003

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