Banquet Bangui


You have maybe peopled your recipe
Too much, with Amen and Inshallah tongues
All atabled in five courses with dripping bayonets.
Pause. Let us count the bloody tines of your forked bayonets:

N’Dele and Bamingui
Kabo and Kaga-Bandoro
Damara and Sibut
Dekoa and Sam Ouandya
Ouadda and Bria
Bambari and Alinao…

Oh, oh
Bangui’s kindergarten even with no counting sticks, must surely still have one
Sane teacher-madam teaching table manners –
‘We don’t learn to count 1, 2, 3 using dead people, we don’t’.

Bangui, Afrika’s navel,
You have burped…you must change

© Oluoch-Madiang’, March, 2015


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by arimartha1 on March 8, 2017 at 11:03

    Yes, Bangui’s ‘Amen’ and ‘Inshallah’ speakers need to take pause. The dripping Bayonets are cause for worry, not just in Damara and Sibut, but everywhere! We need many more sane teacher-madams.

    I quite like what you did with the plea to Afrika’s Navel. Couldn’t hurt for the rest of Afrika (and the world) to preempt the plea. Kudos!


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