Jungle justice, hungry thief

 

He who steals a morsel of food
In order to breathe is not a thief
But he who stores a bag of wheat
While others bleed for him I grieve
And he who kills one who steals
In order to feed his dying needs
And does not think to bake him bread
But rather burns his lifeless flesh
I seek to find his humanity
And he who sees but does not speak
But photographs this inhumanity
For him I cry, for him I weep
Have we become mindless zombies
That we find justice in lynching souls
For us I cry, for us I weep
For us I pray O my Lord please
Restore remorse and empathy
Let our hearts beat and our souls feel
For they have been for long deceased

 
 

Salihu Mahe is a Nigerian writer. He is an engineer by profession but he writes poems, short stories (fiction and non-fiction), and does spoken word performances. His write-ups are driven by emotions, motivation and his surroundings. His writing usually centers on life, love and nature. He also writes to be a voice for the voiceless and is a freelance writer. He is currently working on publishing his debut poetry book.

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