SAVE NATURE

I ATE MY FIRST SLICE OF PAIN IN MY FATHERS FOUR WALLS
June 14, 2021
THE CLARION CALL
June 14, 2021

SAVE NATURE

Written By Chidum Vitus

 Mother told me Ala died this morning, her voice cracking as she wept.
Ala had died of asphyxiation– autopsy revealed.
She was murdered while she slept,
and her body, wrapped away in a plastic grave.

“Before her was Ikuku…”
Mother trailed off staring into space, .
Ikuku,
my fair weather Uncle, Mother’s beloved brother.
He too was murdered, in the most cruel way!
His lungs cloaked with fumes and smoke and noise.
They tortured him to insanity– till he could bear it no longer.

“Why? ” Mother had asked hysterically.
“Why are they doing this to us?
I fed them, I clothed them, I sheltered them, ” she wept,
“they are a so, so ungrateful bunch, Why? ”

“I am scared too, Mother,” I cried,
“They are ‘Oil-boarding’ Oshimmiri, she is drowning in oil
and there is nobody willing to help her!”

“Mother, I am scared,
will they come for me too?”

……………………………
footnote
Ala – The Earth
Ikuku – The Wind
Oshimmiri – The Ocean

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