I walk the coasts of Ibeju Lekki
White sands, a blue sea and a
Happy sun distil putrid visions
I run into the winds;
A kite buoyed on the wings of fun
I race the wind to an infinity of sands and shells
Until my feet are shocked by the magic of Mammon
Asphalt scarifies the polish of the sands like tribal marks
Beyond the billowing wrapper of the sea,
In places secret to the coastal eyes,
Principalities and powers are violating
Our maiden of mercies
In Ogoni** the fishes are fevered
From the typhoid of crude
Oil paints the sea black
And all the waters mourn.
** Ogoniland in Nigeria, where Shell Oil company vastly polluted the Niger Delta river.
NIKE ADESUYI is a Nigerian poet, and a member of WRITA. She is the editorial manager of a thriving publications company in Lagos. Her poems have been published in several anthologies.