BIAFRA – Daisy Moraa

A tribute to Chinua Achebe after reading his book of poetry COLLECTED POEMS

  I have not seen you

 Touched you

 Known the boundaries that mark you,

Biafra;

 I do not know all your philosophies,

 Your real strength

 Your real vision.

 I do not know if you won or lost,

 If you were a child of sin or not

 If you are sick of the blood quenching you;

 All I know of you, I have felt from Chinua’s

 ink-

 Words like pain, sun-stricken

 Furious, conquest

 Identify me to you;

 They give me strength to write

 about more than myself. To be contrite.

 Thank you Biafra.

 Thank you Chinua.