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Songs of Horror: Poems by Saddiq M. Dzukogi


Songs of Horror

From the vestibule
Of Nairobi’s Westgate Mall
The poet’s gut flees in suspended terror
And lest void
Pages fragmented lines
Written in blood

They have stolen from us a versifier
He is a vast verse of fire
Our requiem is a Raven
Lodging in the nest of horror
The wineglass is broken
And bullets are now piece of music
That swims through heart of man
Seeking justice from those who are pure

The god you serve
Serves you more in twist

From where did you hatch it?
It is a loyal fool
It commands only your will.



As air wand flowers
Into sun – dance
It hypnotizes; soul conforms
Warm in air,
Pulls me heaven – ward
I cum in fluid – stairs
Into soft womb
That drinks up the rays
Of a happy sun.


Blankets of spring

Earth be greyed
And magma
Mourns in scorn
Till soggy lips kiss air
Through blankets of spring
And sprout jade hairs
Into mauling palms of light
Dotted upon nubile soils
Blooming fauna
Feeding fire into barns.


(c) Saddiq M. Dzukogi


Saddiq M. Dzukogi
Saddiq M. Dzukogi
Saddiq M. Dzukogi is an award winning poet, a rising voice in the literary circle in Nigeria. In his mid-twenties, he boasts of two poetry collections; "Images of Life" and "Canvas" (shortlisted for the 2012 ANA POETRY PRIZE). He was the maiden winner of ANA/MAZARIYYA TEEN AUTHORSHIP PRIZE for poetry back in 2007. His audacious adventure in the literary arena has enabled him to join eyes with some of the country’s and Continent’s best in the business. He’s met writers such as Gabriel Okara, Wole Soyinka, Odia Ofeinum, Remi Raji, Nadine Gordimer of South Africa among others. Saddiq had a stint with NTA Minna as a stringer and currently with the Niger State Book development Agency, where he serves as Intern and reporter/photographer/Researcher for The Impact Magazine. As a Performer Poet, he collaborated with another poet, Terfa Danjuma, in producing a CD, Minna Regalia. Saddiq is currently studying in pursuant of a Bsc. Degree in Mass Communication at the Ahmadu Bello Univeresity (A.B.U.), Zaria. Saddiq is the Chairman of the famed A.B.U. Creative Writers’ Club. He is happily married.


  1. A prolific poet, with the award winning “canvas” and other beautiful books authored by saddiq, his genus is only shown and with prospect that allow his fans to look up to him for literary spring. Well done brother!

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