THE CENTRE CANNOT HOLD– Ijeoma Opoko

By Ikenga Chronicles February 14, 2016

Ikemefuna hated when elders speak in hushed voices

Because of his knowledge of their conspiracies

They employ vain destructive devices

To solve man’s discrepancies

 

Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold

Because the elders no longer protect us from cold

They consult secretly to say the untold

But in the open, all their secrets will unfold

 

The world has become upturned

For the bones of the younger generation have been burned

Our innocent young hearts have been conned

So with swollen eyes we do nothing but stare stunned

 

The elders with their many vices

With which our souls they intend to raid

To rip us of all our gold

As we grow upside down in a world upturned

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