KANAC Digital Anthology Series 2021 Edition: Regeneration and Other Poems

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RegenerationandotherPoems

KANACDigitalAnthologySeries2021 VolumeTwo i

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Foreword

TheKANACDigitalAnthologyseriesaimsatshowcasingthecreativeworks ofbuddingcreativewriters,who,notonlyparticipatedintheannualKANAC CreativeWritingcompetitionbutwhoseworkswereshortlistedforthevariousphasesofthescreeningexercises,whichwereusuallyundertakentowardsdeterminingtheoverallwinnerineachroundofthecompetition.

Thethemeforthe2021roundoftheKANACCreativeWritingcompetition was“Regeneration.”Asusual,severalentriesinthepoetrycategorywere received.Attheendofthenumerousscreeningexercises,thefewworksin thisanthologymadethefinalshortlist.Aftertheannouncementoftheoverallwinner,whoreceivedthecashprizeofTwohundredthousandNigerian Naira,alltheworksthatmadetheshortlistreceivedthorougheditorialreviewswiththeassistanceoftheKANACmentorsandeditors.Theseservices, whicharefree,areinlinewithKANAC’svisionofusingtheannualcreative writingcompetitionasaplatformforidentifyingandnurturingbuddingcreativetalentsfromvariouspartsoftheglobe.

Itisattheendofseveralrigorousreviewsandeditingservicesthatthisvolumeoftheanthology,entitled“Regenerationandotherpoems”hasemerged. Allthepoemsinthisanthologyofferdeepreflectionsontheideaofhow manregeneratesdespiteadverseconditions,threats,andailments.Inall, thepoemscelebratetheruggedspiritthathasenabledhumanitytoovercomeseveraladversities,bybeingabletorebuildandre-inventitself.Asa collection,thepoemsareatributetoourcommonhumanity.

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Contents 1 THESPRING 1 2 OURFATHERS 4 3 REGENERATION 6 4 WOMBOFREGENERATION 9 5 ERAOFBLISS 12 iv

MuyideenAdeoyeis fromIbadaninOyo StateofNigeria.He readPublic Administrationat ObafemiAwolowo University,OsunState, Nigeria.Heisa burgeoningliterary artiste;apoet, playwrightanda novelistwhoseworks areyettobepublished. Heis32yearsold.

1.THESPRING
1 MuyideenAdeoye

THESPRING

Afterthewarriors’warsformaterials warsforrawmaterials ourfilthyknightsintheirbloodbathed thepatriotsandtheirparrotsbirthed intothearealnightswent

Afterthevampire’svenomvisitedourskins atthedinnerdiningwithourkins diningdinninglikethecitywind andsowentallblindandbehind behold!theAugustvisitorinthewinterwintle

Handscavedtheirhandsomeinmassandmossthestorm Ohingrossofgroansgrinning mistyeyesonamourningmorning thatwaitedtospotnosportersorpotters

Thenintheplaythathungerscenes openingthedoorthevisitorlocked feedingthecommonerstothepits byhungryandangryhandsdug nolunchbelaunchedinthescript manypassengersdiedintheaccident theaccidentthatkilledbutafew

Aftertherisingupof thebegrievedandbereaved afterthesafetyhunters mouthssaybecityhunters andgreenbloodfloodedLekkiflagsandclag thatmovedthesailor’sshipsandsilversheep

Afterthedrossofdeath

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abaftthegrossofdearth thoughoutlawsbethelandlords Shallgrowallagaininallaccords pickingupourpiecesofpeace

Ourlandsthoughbethirstyhot sureforthewatersofafellownot ofcourseforthevillainsintheplay starringRussiaandUkrainiandisplay Whateverdieswasnotmixedequally

MightwehaveforgotliketheSevenSleepers thatafterthewinteroflosswhistles theautumnoflostvalues thesummerofsummedsoresappearsthespringtobeagain

LikethegodoftheoldGreekacts aftersceningtilltheclimax comesandregeneratesthedead

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Eti-EnoNtukisfrom AkwaIbomState, Nigeria.Sheisa2022, UnitedPeopleGlobal SustainabilityLeader, whosegoalisto contributetoamorejust andcompassionate societythrough education.Sheisthe founderof“SEEwith Eti-eno”whereshe advocatesforquality education.Sheisthe winnerofthePLO LumumbaPan-African Quizcompetition2022.

2.OURFATHERS
4 Eti-EnoNtuk

OURFATHERS

Ourfathers,guardianangelsofbounteoussleep, Lushprovidersoflife’ssupplies, Mayharmattanofhatredblowfarfromyou.

Ourfathers,installersofintrinsicvalues

Layersofgoldenfoundations

Unlockingtheleveeofuntoldjoy Maythestarsofoursmileconcealyourmightylabour

Ourfathers,leadingusthroughrisingtempests

Captainsofunconquerablesouls

Maytheoceanicwavesploughyourshipssafely

Ourfathers,makersofgenerationsinfinefettle

Defiersofnatureirresistibletotheblind Makingusoutstandingwhereothersarestanding

Ourfathers,greatsagesabovescientificknowledge Evokingtheconsciousnessofinfants

Commandingthepurityoflove Maythisgentlewindblowustosproutbeyondthethreshold

Shallwecelebrateourheroicpatriots Whoeraseourliveszeros, Shallwebowbeforeflag-wavers

Whobendbeforethescorchingsun Toblendourlipswithsmiles

Decoratingourfaceswithaceaselessgiggle

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FrankChineduMaximus isaNigeriananda branddesigner,whois passionateabout creativewriting.Ashe avers,“Ibelieveinthe useofwordsto transformandexpress ourinnermostthoughts andfeelings”.

3.REGENERATION
6 FrankC.Maximus

REGENERATION

Caughtbythecoldshiversofcircumstances, Wefeelthecloudofthedarkmoonuponus

Oursightsknownolight, Ourmindsfeelnohope, Ourwordshavenovoice, Wearebarren

‘Causelifetookabreak Rightin-betweenoureyes, Ourrealityiscartedaway Withoutadateofreturn; Ourbeliefsaretested, Toattainourdiscipline inadherencetoourprinciples Butourmindsfailbecause

Allwethinkweknew,didn’tseemenough Ourexistenceisbeingthreatened

Thefoundationsmyfathersbuilthavebecomeweak Itsrootshavebeenexposed, Itssoliditycompromised Thescaleofreference, Havebecomeirrelevant Whodoweblame? Theworldismute, Whileourhallowdecayrapidly Aroarofwordsintheuprising, Steamingporridgeofoutrage pourfromdifferentperspectives

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Confusionevolvesintochaos Whichwayleadstothelight

Theworldmuttersaswebeckonforananswer, Aswestrivetoliveoff thefeedersandleftoversofourremains Witheachbreath,wesniff,

Oureyeswerefixedonthehourglasswhichbringtoseason Aremedy,asolution;possiblyacure Butthefurthermoretimewasspent,

Ourfacesgrowblueandourhopesdim Welosefaithasgentlepatienceexitsourabode Thereisnofixtothisdilemmabut, Anendtoanerathatbirthsanewregime, Anewdispensationthatvariesfromthefragmentsthatmadeus.

Thesystemisbeingoverhauled, Somethingnewiscoming Regenerationistakingshape It’swithoutspacenortime, It’sformless

Yetyellsvaluesthatoutweightheouncesofgold, Hasnoboundariesbutoutfartheendsofthenorthernpole It’sanidea, Withasourcethatspringsinsideofyou

It’sunheardofbecauseyouhavenotspoken It’sunseenbecauseyouhavenotsearched It’swithoutlightbecauseyouhavenotopenedup. Youhavetheseedforregeneration, Theworldawaitsyou.

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OluwafemiMakanjuola isaNigerianwriterand poet.whowritesto defineandredefinelife. Heisinspiredby informationand transformations.His writingsareguidedby wordsofwisdom,avoice ofknowledge,anda toneofunderstanding. Helovestosharethe sightandsoundofrare lightandreallife.

O.Makanjuila

4.WOMBOFREGENERATION
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WOMBOFREGENERATION

Lockingdownagenerationopensupregeneration. Adrop-deadlocationfindslifelineallocation; Deadgroundsextendlifelongdestination: Fromloomofmidnightintomboftwilight: Whereinthemorningwombfulloflife Waitontimeforrefreshingdue-dayschedules Freshasthemercifulmorningdew.

Aftertearsofmournfulyawningsanddimmedsights; Joyfulmorningbeamsbright: amidstdeadlylaborpangs Breakingdarkwailingwater Toseehope-come-aliveinthesmilingsunshine;

Untosightoflightintostrifeforlife, Alltravailsforeverprevailing; thegloomydoommakesroomforblossomingbloom, Thenasyouth,wewakefromdeathbedoflies Tosightthelight,andlivethelifeoftruth: Justtoroutedownanduprootevil.

Whenlivingseedissown,thentreeoflifeisgrown: Herleaveshealourlandfromwailingwoes. Withlivingseed,wesowthetreeoflife. Inthelightoflife;evergreenlivingbeamsglow Bytheriverofabundantlife;livingstreamsflow Fromonceadeathlypondwherelifeislow; 10

Fullyannounceandtruthfullypronounce: Thesightoflightbythesoundoflife, Thewaveoflifewiththeripplesoflife.

Inthesedaysandtimes Sightislostandeyesarered; Lifeislostandbloodisshed, ShrieksofMURDER comewithdeathsentence; Whenıliveȷisspelledbackward,evilsprintsforward; Wherepeopleliveinthepast; evil deedsjumpforward.

Deadlydividendsarereapedindevil’sdealings; ForwhatdoesitprofitbrotherKingsley, ToslaysisterQueen-dividingherbodyparts, Allsobloodmoneycanmultiply? Infoolishness,hecallsityahooplus, yethissouldiminishes.

WhynotseektheSaviour, theeternalfountainofeverlastingplus; Signifyingdeath’sloss,andlife’ssurplus.

Tolockdownagenerationistoopenregeneration Ofhellishgeneration indesperateneedofheavenlyregeneration.

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IkennaNwankwuda EkpegbeisaNigerian. Heiscurrentlyastudent attheAlexEkwueme FederalUniversity, Ndufu-AlikeinNigeria.

5.ERAOFBLISS
12 IkennaN.Ekpegbe

ERAOFBLISS

Mysleepyeyesblinkonpleasantries lifeisagiftandpurpose.

Mydreams,agifttorebuildonaneraofbliss Myopenmissiondragmydreams uponthewordtorecover abandonedbeauties asweanswertonature’sfixes weblinkinpangsofcheerfulguilt.

Thoughfashioncallsforth ThesweetdreamsIhadloved, whentheydeepen

Iamawakenedtologintodreams foraneraofbliss.

AsIcageinsilencetorebuild theblisscallsoflighteningdays ofsunsilkedindazzlesandsmiles.

Againstthisdarklifeisagift Armedwithpurposetopurchase ampulesofparadise. Saintshavehostvalues yettheoriginofmydreams reflectspentgenerationsonbirthbridles writhingtoregenerate.

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ThehuntforwhomI’myettobecomespeedsup asjoywindsthelegendarycontainer foreverythinglifeisapassionofgift purposingmyregeneration.

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