SENTINEL POETRY
ONLINE MAGAZINE MONTHLY #13  (DECEMBER 2003) ISSN 1479-425X

POEMS
Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo
Don't Cry, Dear Butterfly
Spirit Immersed
Aminu Mahmud
My Heart Whispers,
Prometheus
Sunset
Protest Streets
Memoir
Durlabh Singh
Sonnet One
Natural Tones
Tolulope Ogunlesi
A Bridge Passing Under Many Waters
Those Eyes
Helen Woodward
Mirror
Woman 1
Woman 2
Stone
Nilanshu Kumar Agarwal
Memory Is Being Blurred
I Am Being Drowned
Shakespeare In Tears
Adult Franchise
Rural India
Ugochukwu Smooth C.
One Day
Her
Uche Nduka
Shuffle Beige: Extracts
Chris Major
Manners
Emman Usman Shehu
Concordance
Gorgon
Angela Fraser
Invocation
INTERVIEW
Nnorom Azuonye
My E-Conversation with
Emman Usman Shehu
LINKS
Past Issues
Home Page
Guest Book/Feedback
Cover Page

UGOCHUKWU SMOOTH C.


One day

In the bush
Where I go to fetch wood
In the bush
Where I fetch firecrackers….

The blank eyes
Moist with unshed tears watches me
It is watching
It is wooden, it is lonely
Her wooden stare penetrates
So deep…

The mother of lost children
Mother of spirit children
She is watching
Her wooden stare penetrates deep.


The King vulture and his demon cohorts
Keep the children hostage
The spirit children are abused
Lost children are left forlorn in the gulags
They mount prayers as sentry
But…………….

The King vulture is happy
He cannot be bothered
Like the owl who played God
He is revered
He makes merry
He engages in mind debauchery
And senile cavorting

He is King
More or less God

But the mother of lost children
Mother of spirit children
Is watching
The blank eyes will sleep soon
Her wooden stare will animate soon.

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