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Niyi Osundare’s “Not my business”

NOT MY BUSINESS

They picked Akanni up one morning
Beat him soft like clay
And stuffed him down the belly
Of a waiting jeep.

What business of mine is it
So long they don’t take the yam
From my savouring mouth?

They came one night
Booted the whole house awake
And dragged Danladi out,
Then off to a lengthy absence.

What business of mine is it
So long they don’t take the yam
From my savouring mouth?

Chinwe went to work one day
Only to find her job was gone:
No query, no warning, no probe –
Just one neat sack for a stainless record.

What business of mine is it
So long they don’t take the yam
From my savouring mouth?

And then one evening
As I sat down to eat my yam
A knock on the door froze my hungry hand.

The jeep was waiting on my bewildered lawn
Waiting, waiting in its usual silence.
© Niyi Osundare

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3 Comments

  1. Sokari

    Have just returned from an inspiring evening of Tamil poetry delivered by a three beautiful Tamil women activist from India and Sri Lanka (part of the “Dissenting Tamil movement – a group which stands for an inclusive Sri Lanka and who faced the wrath of both the Sri Lankan government on one side and the Tamil Tigers on the other). As I listened to the prose, poetry and the discussion which followed, I was constantly reminded of the militarisation of the Niger Delta from Ken Saro-Wiwa to the present rise of militancy. We in Nigeria as a whole need to look to Sri Lanka and see what could be if we allow the present militarisation – both the Nigerian government and the militants – to continue. The Nigerian democracy movement must take the initiative towards a democratic solution which benefits all Nigerians and not allow the leaders on both sides to move us towards further destruction and despair.

    Interesting too that I went with a friend of mine called Chinwe! Wonderful video too.

  2. Great Poem! My ankle is all healed but you won’t believe I still can’t jog or run!( I guess that means its not all healed!). Going to check out the other posts.
    .-= waffarian´s last blog ..Looking for the man in this video… =-.

  3. Sokari

    Great – these things take time – I have a friend who has RSI and cant use her arms and my mum pulled a ligament in her knee 4 wks ago and can still hardly walk so it seems these things are everywhere and of course my back which still continues to rise up from time to time!