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Failing State

Good day friend and welcome to my blog. I’m hoping that you’re having the best of days. Today, I’ll be presenting a Poem from my archive. What’s the poem about? You ask, well the poem is about my country. For those of you that may not know, I am Nigerian. And No, the poem isn’t a patriotic poem, I didn’t write to praise my country, I simply wrote how I felt. This was roughly this time last year and let’s say Nigerians weren’t the happiest people on the planet. I decided to write a poem on the state of things but instead of complaining alone, added a little twist to the end. “You want to read the poem” You say, Alright, let’s get to the poem:

Failing State

You promised us your eyes,
But now our pain is welcomed with blindness.
You promised us your ears,
But our cries are welcomed with deafness.
You said you would treat us with care,
But you seem to have become the careless/ couldn’t even careless.
You told us to have no fear,
Now you beg us to fear-less.

You painted the beautiful and built the ugly
Now your go-to phrase,
Is to beg us not to worry.
And in four years,
I’m sure it’ll be “I’m sorry”
You said have no fear it’s all a phase
That to see the gain, you have to go through pain.
But if the past is better than the present,
Doesn’t that make you feel we’re in a descent?
You tell us to have faith,
Claiming our country was already a failing state.
But it felt better failing,
Rather than your supposed “pain-gaining”.

But I’ll give you a chance…
Believe in the almighty’s plans
Remain oblivious to the obvious
Hope you take us to the promised land.


So, that’s the poem. I hope you were able to gain something from it. I spoke from a position of frustration at that time and I realized it changed nothing. But I found a solution and that was to do something about it. If you’re a Nigerian reading this, let’s give Buhari a chance, let’s give our country a chance. Instead of complaining like I did before, let’s try to make the change we want to see in our own little way, remember an ocean started from a drop of water. This isn’t for only Nigerians, it’s for everyone, don’t be a part of the problem, be a part of the solution.

If you’re new to this blog, there’s more where this came from, so trust me and hit that follow button. I know there’s an organisation problem, I’m working on that but there are a lot of great posts on this blog. And if you have anything to say, the comment is and will always be yours.

Have a wonderful day.

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