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  November 2016
volume 13 number 2
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  Inalegwu Omapada Alifa
  Maria A Arana
  Shawn Aveningo
  Wendy Bourke
  Jack G. Bowman
  Alan Britt
  Adam Levon Brown
  Jeffrey Bryant
  Don Kingfisher Campbell
  Alicia Carpenter
  Natalie Crick
  Carla Criscuolo
  Frank De Canio
  Marvin Louis Dorsey
  Miguel Eichelberger
  John LaMar Elison
  Gabriella Garofalo
  Dave Houston
  Dani Raschel Jiménez
  Scott C. Kaestner
  Sofia Kioroglou
  Deborah P Kolodji
  Rick Lupert
  Donal Mahoney
  Afric McGlinchey
  Frank Mundo
  Chika Onyenezi
  Adam Phillips
  Bethany W Pope
  Nydia Rojas
  Diana Rosen
  Walter Ruhlmann
  Papa Vic
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Inalegwu Omapada Alifa
November 2016



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    Inalegwu Omapada Alifa is a budding Nigerian poet and writer who hails from Opokwu-Ochekwu village in Apa Local Government Area of Benue State. After gaining a degree in philosophy from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, he's keen on making his passion, writing, his profession.



Home of Peace, Home of War

The streets are covered with corpses and carcasses,
the stench, blocking my nostrils
in the midst of ravaging riots,
echoing like a colossal breath bellowing.
It's time to kill!

Oh! Explosions and massacres
claim victory,
killing the weak and innocent
Who are struggling to eke out a livelihood.

Every house is bereaved!
In every house lies a sorrow to bear
as the fighting rages on.
The people detour
even the strong are dying with the weak,
vultures are feasting on suppurating flesh.

Oh! Home of peace,
home of war;
you have diminished us
but in our sorrow lies our joy
as we stamp our signatures
on the sands of time.
History shall tell our stories!

copyright 2016 Inalegwu Omapada Alifa