ENTRAPPED BY HOPE

VOICES
June 14, 2021
WHEN THE CAGED BIRD LEAPS IN JOY
June 14, 2021

ENTRAPPED BY HOPE

Written by Hassan Usman

 I was asked:
How do you not stop loving your country
After freedom becomes a fallacy?
How do your feelings for your fatherland
Not die like the figs in Autumn?
What believe do you carry for a nation
Where the stars are wilted, the sun is unrisen,
And dawns are devoid of cocks’ crow
But doves with coo-like dirges.
How do you picture hatred that will shapeshift
Into love, and wars unwrapping into peace?
How will an Arewa sleep at a Biafran’s home
And not cease to breath
Or dine with a Yoruba without pushing death into his mouth?
What heart do you use to pump affection towards a land
That slayed your brothers for airing a revolution?
What spell stole your sight
From seeing a failed state?

I said:
I’m entrapped by hope.

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