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Colour Me Green: Poems by Isidore Emeka Uzoatu

Image: Adrian Benko via Wikimedia
Image: Adrian Benko via Wikimedia

(To fellow LGBT activists)

I’m for a world all green
No other colour(s) will do, I ween
The rainbow’s done its bit post-ark;

Less fossil fuel burnt in sockets
For sub-zero carbon emission targets
Unset by summit, conference or courthouse;

Tree and bush abloom in photosynthesis
For better oxygen, carbon dioxide osmosis
That’s what we lost at Eden;

Life wild and tame nurtured in goodwill
Males and females tupping at will
Not in frolic but for species’ sake;

Lest endangered sans instinct
Life on earth became extinct
Afore time’s end.



Stop winking at me cars
More than that I’m all ears

Your wheels lack the arc
To this arch on which I trek

Been on this routine mind you
‘Fore you were bought and resold

Why all the turning heads
‘Cause matutinal usurped twilight?

Your drains wait on end
To catch me tumble over

They’d make do with my vomit
Still not so bad an offer to make

From a non-son of the soil
Staggering home decently

Denouement to symposium
Beside bar by beach’s bend bullwork.


Poems © Isidore Emeka Uzoatu
Image: Adrian Benko via Wikimedia

Isidore Emeka Uzoatu
Isidore Emeka Uzoatu
Isidore Emeka Uzoatu majored in the history of African Christianity at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Converted to creative writing by his elder brother, he abandoned his doctorate for stints on the staff of Crown Prince, Nigeria's pioneer male magazine, and Mister, its follow-up, in Lagos. He edited the latter before retiring to full time writing and a daytime job managing a trading company in Onitsha. Vision Impossible, his first novel, took twenty years to complete. He is married with children.

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