Monday, July 25, 2016

the reaper’s curse--By Su'eddie Vershima Agema--Nigeria

the reaper’s curse

how many farewells are enough
to bid those who had it rough
living through time’s toil...
they who now answer the call of the soil?

what metaphors can capture the tiger
that roared from within you devouring evil
that stood across your way even as you would wager
against everything uncivil...?

as these sands slowly sieve through our fingers
pouring over wood that holds stiffer wood
that once held a fire that lingers
in our memory, tributes fall short, pretty but crude

Su'eddie Vershima Agema was joint winner, Association of Nigerian Authors Prize for Poetry 2014 with his second collection, Home Equals Holes: Tale of an Exile. He lives in Nigeria, blogs at and can be reached at @sueddieagema on Twitter.

1 comment:

  1. Su'eddie, thank you for sharing "the reaper's curse." I enjoyed it. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (