#ThinkOutLoud POETRY: THE VOICE OF JACOB – Osowe Oluwagbenga @gbengaosowe

#ThinkOutLoud POETRY: THE VOICE OF JACOB – Osowe Oluwagbenga @gbengaosowe To The One who-had-no-shoes You were one of us Or so were we made to think With a sombre look and tales of a humble background “Oh! Our Messiah has come” we cried To save us from those who’d run us aground But you lied, I say to you, you lied We looked forward to the promised fresh air The trial of crooks, looters and embezzlers We longed for the day our judges would be fair Applying the law, using it as a leveller Showing partiality to no man, justice to one and justice to all Oh! How painful that our hopes were set up for a fall Your first steps were like a toddler’s Wavering, wobbly, ours hope yet undeterred He shouldn’t take hasty steps, lest we all suffer All men have to learn was the excuse we offered “For how long shall he learn?” was the question of the cynics Be patient! Dear brothers, be patient! “I don’t give a damn” you bellowed The land is mine to rule, as I choose and prefer Tingling sounds in our ears, minds reeling in disbelief Our hearts cried, shedding tears not seen with eyes Male and female, young and old The future you place before us, not the same as we were promised of old Your words of hope and transformation Haunt me daily, in my sleep and even when awake I remember your words, soothing and promising But actions they say, speak louder than words Your actions, biblical tales of deception, it makes me recall Your words were sweet, like the smooth endearing voice of Jacob Your hands and actions, rough and bruising just like Esau’s hairy hand Like the Esau of old you sell our birthrights For porridge at the hands of your friends and godfathers Your love for food we all know Even if your nephew Reuben claims it’s not so. 1 billion naira meals, in a 2 billion naira banquet room Oh such fools that we were, to have been deceived by you When the chronicles of your reign shall be written And tales of your callous nature told Stories of how you made corruption your watchword And thieves your precious benefactors Young ones shall learn how to avoid deception And how to hear but not follow An Esau coming like a Jacob. I am @gbengaosowe

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