Harvest of coffins

this poem is dedicated to people that lost their lives in the Benue and Plateau killings
She fed us,
Our hungry stomachs,
tasty tongues
growing minds
on her head rest a basket of meals
and fruits
food basket of our nation
until herdsmen
held her peace
watered her farmlands
with her blood
a harvest of coffins she reaped
dear Benue, I weep not for you
but for myself, for my children
who will learn about your loss
and ask questions I have no answer to
what did you sow to reap coffins?
What did we do to help?
Today is not a good mourning
May be tomorrow will usher a good morning


Awodiya Funke was born in Lagos in the early eighties were she currently resides, a graduate of sociology from Ekiti State University (Bsc) and Masters degree in sociology from the University of Ibadan (Msc). She is freelance radio presenter, social campaigner and a sickle cell advocate, initiator, Safe Dreams Initiative dedicated to sickle cell awareness, member Poets in Nigeria (PIN) and Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). Funke’s passion for writing started in her early childhood days and her first collection of poems is titled The Farmer’s Daughter; her poems have been published in anthologies and journals in Nigeria and outside Nigeria. She is committed to using poetry to positively impact people and societies worldwide.

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