In­ter­rupted Rev­erie

Sunday Trust - - TAMBARI - By Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

(On the third an­niver­sary of the Chi­bok ab­duc­tions, April 14) I am Chi­bok I am 276, and the un­ac­counted oth­ers I am a dis­traught fa­ther, a slaugh­tered son, a stolen girl. I am a prom­ise, A tainted dream, a voice echo­ing from the void: Bring me home, fa­ther I was gilded once A princess adorned by Mama’s love, re­clin­ing in her proud bo­som I am now the dreary ghost of yes­ter­day I am now tomorrow dy­ing to­day I am frail; bat­tered, tat­tered, shat­tered, but I will not die, I refuse to For when I was con­ceived, you wrapped me in fluffy love and in eter­nal em­brace bound me to your heart­beat and called me Hope. Tonight, I, an in­ter­rupted rev­erie, call to you from the precipice of for­get­ting, Bring me home. Bring me to mama’s em­brace.

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