Uh! Happened it is
Another historic disaster
Has engulfed the globe
The common cry of bommuu
Here and there
Haram has taken charge of paradise
And put pepper into many faces
They often bokonise us with whips
And honey comb turns to desert
Every place has become a horror
For the world to live
Hundred thousand innocents perished
In moments of loses
They drew more tears from sobbing eyes
And putting hot tears on all faces
Many parents bow head in sorrow
For their children in unknown Haram
I pity Laga, my friend indeed
Laga was struck to death recently
Laga, the legal library
Laga, mobile encyclopaedia
Legal titan, titanic in stature, titanic status
You are not dead, you have triumphed
Adieu! Our legal icon, rest in peace.
Briefs of the Poem
The poet explicates the disaster the insurgency has caused in some African countries, especially Nigeria.
The intervention of Boko Haram and gunmen has put sorrow into many families. The cry of bombs has become the song of every Nigerian.
Many Nigerians have been sent to heaven of no return by a bomb blast. In a wink of eyes, many innocents perished by Boko Haram.
The poet shows his pity for his friend: Laga who was struck to death by a bomb blast recently.
Word List and Meanings
Bokenise: Torture or torment
Disaster: Unexpected event (Bomb Blast)
Encyclopaedia: A store of knowledge
1. Analyse the message of the poem.
2. What figure of speech is the expression: ‘hundreds of thousand innocent?’
3. What is the figurative expression contained in the poem?
4. What does ‘blue diamond’ represent in the poem?
5. State the mood of the poet while writing.
6. Who was affected in the poem and how was the person affected?