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REMEMBERING HON DR BARINEM KIOBEL

Esther Kiobel: 2019

YOU AGAIN NOVEMBER 10

(A POEM IN MEMORY OF DR. BARINEM NUBARI KIOBEL):

BY ESTHER BARINEM-KIOBEL

I stare at your open mouth
I writhe in pain and lie speechless with despair as companion
I asked God why he forsook me
l went fainted for a while
My heart singing the melody of agony at your thought
I was revived by good people around me
They preached to me. I got strong and I got moving again
Oh! November 10! You again!
You can’t torment me
Because I sing of a hero
A rare gem whose blood was spilt to rescue his people
And never allowed cowardice to eat up his soul

My thoughts grow wild and hollow
At the thought of how life was snubbed out of him in his prime
That genius whose prowess tormented his tormentors
And his virtuous life towered above self-interest

Oh! November 10
You brought nothing but bloodshed of the innocent
The hangmen wielded their fists against justice, equity and fair play
Crushed a hapless marginalised people and their leaders

All his tall academic achievements
His selfless service to his State and humanity
His efforts to restore peace
Crushed by a heartless khaki man

I, the family, the dependents
Turned into mere spectacles of neediness
We are fed with the brutality of the villains
Tossed about on the sea of helplessness

Mocked by the deadly bloodsuckers
To whom the scream of innocence meant nothing
Even the Voice of Royalty typified by the Gberemene
Spoke in your defence
Yet it was your blood they wanted
The gallows swallowed their lives
No plea meant anything

Oh! November 10
What a DARK day you were indeed
You swallowed my love
And made me a widow

Rest on my Hero
The fight continues
Until justice is realised for your innocent soul
Love I offer you even in your death

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