Blind Retribution

Ogedengbe Tolulope Impact

A fire is burning in a distant land
And we hear that some young men
Are being undressed by fire.
They say these men
Are seeds bearing their father’s crosses
With scars of terrific moments.
They say their fathers’ fathers
Cast sharp spears of inhumanity
And threw wars onto several doors.
They say their forefathers
Left cruel marks on many walls
With blasts of human wickedness
And that the retribution of nemesis
Is only a tit for tat.

Ogedengbe Tolulope Impact is a Nigerian poet. He is a chemical engineering graduate from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. His poem ‘Tell them’ was shortlisted at the 7th Korea-Nigeria poetry feast 2017. His works have been published in Duane Poetree, Pangolin review, Amandasteelwriter, Words Rhymes & Rhythms, Literary planet, Wax poetry and art magazine, Porridge magazine, Parousia Magazine, Subsaharan magazine and elsewhere. He tweets @fruitfulimpact.