Why do we allow lions to rule the forest?
While zebra’s just eat grass
And snakes never leave rats to rest
Monkeys sleep on their mother’s crest
While tigers eat the hyena chest.
Politicians; perhaps truth trickers
Machiavellian philosophy parades their domain
They would promise an elephant,
Later we would see an ant
Metamorphosis starts and stay on their mouth
Like the society is a composition of rogues.
Bernard and Aduke eleko(both ning-nong)
Have sold their joy to these moguls
Ne’er-do-well they are now;
And politrickcians dance
In the shadow of our lights.
Mr shofolu goes to office
His thirty-five is a melting ice
Politrickcians would serve Mr shofolu
His four years would get him a golden mountain.
And I ask; are we credulous?
Our future is a cigarette,
Politrickcians set fire unto it
We smoke it and smile
As if a hen rejoice with the hawk,
after it flies away with her chicks.
Politrickcians have promise us light
All we see are candles
Yet we dance to tune of their melodies
Our story I say to you,
May become the story of a donkey
Who works for 60years
And never become a horse.
The poem ‘politrickcians’ was coined from two English words, ‘politicians’ and ‘trick’. This ironical poem (politrickcians) is a poem expressing the political juxtapositions parading our society. The poet also express in stanza four the paradoxical life a politician and a civil servant live.
IDOWU EBENEZER ODEYEMI
The Poet, Ebenezer Odeyemi is a Nigerian student, who studies philosophy in Ekiti State University.