Yes, I do not conceal it from you
I say it: I’m scared! I’m scared
Of all anthems you sing
Elixirs vomited noisily
I’m scared of your flags
cracking in the wind of your madness
To you I confess my fear
I’m scared of your erected tents
Sparse in the flowered gardens
I’m scared of your adult games
In the pedestrian corridors
I know that one day
You will shoot me!
Yes, I confess my fear
I’m scared of your gloved hands
Hiding numerous cactus
I’m scared when a child
Claims for life in his cold cradle
I’m scared when he shows ecstasy I know that one day
You will shoot him!
Adamou Idé is a Nigerien poet and novelist. A native speaker of the Zarma language, Idé left his home in Niamey to study public administration in France and served as an official in the Government of Niger and in international organizations. Idé published his first collection of poems, Cri Inachivé (The Unfinished Cry) in 1984, and his first novel in 1987. He has published both in French and in Zarma. Idé won the first Nigerien National Poetry Prize (Prix national de Poésie) in 1981 And the Grand Prix Littéraire Boubou Hama du Niger in 1996. He has served as a jury member for the Grand prix littéraire d’Afrique noire in 1991 and received the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite (“Knight of the Order of Merit”) of Niger.
Culled from: Tomathon.com
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