Favour Iruoma Chukwuemeka

Before the White Side of Hope

Point me a
body shredded to dust
voices ground to gun-like powder
graves unnumbered
and stars quenched from earth’s skyline
I will point you
Heroes who ate rotting mangoes as breakfast
Before they walked to their death
Men who saddled children on broken backs
Crawled over to the edge and
Let them fall on the white side of hope
While they waited for death to find
them for its own breakfast
or women who travailed in birth amidst gunshots
for a name to be remembered
while they died without names.


Favour Iruoma Chukwuemeka is a creative writer and poet from Eastern Nigeria. Her works have been published in The Mbari Story Place, The Shallow Tales Review, Kalahari, The African Writers and elsewhere. She analyses African literature for pleasure and enjoys volunteering.