Jared Angira

The maize will grow

Once when

Long rains have come

And army worms

Have gone


Will sink

With hunger

And the coiled intestines

Will straighten



That day

Shall find may

In the invalid home

With collar’d fathers

At bedside mass

And others

In graves

With maggots

On palatable meal


And for the grave majesties

The maize cob

Shall be

For a rusty funeral feast.

US - Africa Literary Foundation

Chimdi Maduagwu, PhD
Executive Director
US-Africa Writers Foundation
Dr. Bode Osanyin
Chairman, Department of Creative Arts
University of Lagos
Department of Creative Arts
Akoka, Yaba
Lagos, Nigeria

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