What is left of what is right by Hussain Ahmed #WarOfWords4

What is left of what is right by Hussain Ahmed #WarOfWords4

What is left of what is right?

It is right, when a bed is graced in whites,

With the bride’s mum praying for light,

That her daughter bleeds out of cleanliness

Stains that shows her closeness to godliness.

What is left of those wedding night cultures?

Gone are those days,

When men fetch firewood for their wives

Hold them dearly like the chord of their lives

Scare off vermin, with their blunt knives

What is left of those good men?

That were tagged ‘women wrappers’.

It’s left for us to decide our fate

For things have changed, as does our faith.

What is left of those good men?

That held political posts, with one goal,

Far from corruption, and religious politicking

What is left of those northern men?

That voted a Yoruba man,

What is left of my Igbo brothers?

That refuses to leave the West,

Because they believed Nigeria is for us all.

What is left of those beautiful mothers?

That prayed for eternal lovers,

That preferred to use their heads,

Rather than carelessly give heads.

What is left of the musicians?

Whose effronteries would scare even a magician?

Whose rofo-rofo fights fostered our strength?

Like that stubborn one who,

Wasn’t a carpenter, yet, built coffin for Head of States.

What is left of those village headmasters?

Whose drama series united Nigerians?

What is left of our Nollywood?

Whose ghost chases our cultures into the woods?

Its right to say those men are dead,

But they were humans, with one heads,

It isn’t too late to pack the remains of what was left,

For we are left of what was right.

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