I am on the Ladder, Give me the Paintbrush, by Marvel Chukwudi Pephel

I am not a silent poet

Let me paint memory onto these walls,

Let me paint this street green

For some memories ought to stay fresh &

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This street knows her name, knows his name;

All they who were reduced to nothingness by bomb blasts,

All they who were carried away into some forest

whose name or names I have no interest in.

Give me the paintbrush let me paint these hearts

That I have drawn

white,

For I hope those victims rest in peace.

And when you pass through this street remember

That a man, a boy, a woman, a girl

Once breathed and laughed on this street,

..

And that they were humans like you.

(For the victims of Boko Haram abductions and bombings).

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Marvel Chukwudi Pephel is a prolific Nigerian writer who writes poems, short stories and other things besides. His works…

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