Let me paint memory onto these walls,
Let me paint this street green
For some memories ought to stay fresh &
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
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).
Marvel Chukwudi Pephel is a prolific Nigerian writer who writes poems, short stories and other things besides. His works…
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