Omoyele Sowore,

Husband of their mothers,

When the spoilers of Nigeria

Saw the Elephant that is you

They scratched their eyes, searching


And we asked them: what bothers you?

They replied: we just caught a glimpse of something


And we told them:

All the egan in this world

All the inunibini in this world

All the afojudi in this world

All the ibinu ori in this world

All the ija ilara in this world

That is to say

All the ill will in this world

Will never make an elephant

The object of a casual glimpse


Then they became a web of roots

And tried to block this elephant's path to the river

But the mountain of the jungle dragged them along

Made a carpet of them on its path to the river

Deposited their carcass in the riverbed

For crocs to poop upon


Then the elephant had her fill of the soothing waters

In forty-five loud gulps

And returned to the business

Of building justice


The spoilers?

Their heads remain dung recipients

On the river bed.

 

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