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What we paid

A half faded letter beneath the box;
A hanging portrait— a still smile;

A name or names prayed to or for,
In consecrated parts of our hearts;

Some special days wearing camouflaged faces,
Of actual occurrences—mostly bloody;

A ridiculous stormy silence,
That comes from muzzled memories;

Some weathered monuments in the parks;
Some deluded people with poisoned past.

Joseph Hope is from Enugu state in Nigeria. He is an aspiring writer; a few of his works have been published at Nthanda magazine, Sprinng literary movement. He’s studying Applied Chemistry at Usman DanFodio University Sokoto. When not in the lab then he’s reading or writing poetry.

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