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MIOMBO– Good morning Lagos . Good Morning Abuja . Good Morning Soyinka . Good morning Adichie . Good morning Nigeria .Nigeria your other name is POETRY. Last night I received a pouch full of kolanut :Poetry. STAR OKPEH is a Young Nigeria Poet of class. She writes precise though skin peeling and mind boggling verse. Nigeria I say to you , poetry is  palm wine that washes profanities from armpits of the state. Gods and Goddesses of Nigeria thank you for birthing a word carver in the making. I mean a bundle of talents .STAR PRECIOUS OKPEH. Aluta Continua! For  submissions , comments and other creative vibes  contact  the journal curator at miombopublishing@gmail.com

 

STAR OKPEH

LIKE HURRICANE.

Like a hurricane
Maddened. Angered and insane
So was our thoughts in those days.
Like hurricane
Wild. Fearful as the boastings of an eclipse
We fought the ghosts out of our land!
Our freedom was in pains
We lost the pleasures of our gains
We lost peace; and slavery ruled.
But like hurricane
We threw them across the ocean.
Back to their graves.

Alas! Like hurricane
We are now foes of ourselves.
Maddened. Wild and insane
We fight within our circle
We kill ourselves with crime
Snatch the bread from children
And throw to the ghosts
To their graves across the ocean.
Maddened; angered, insane
A war is heard within the ship
Sailors kill their men in sleep.
What insanity!
Like hurricane
An air of treason has invade.

 

DUSK IN AFRICA.

When it is dusk in Africa
The streets run to every door
And we are valleys all to stare
The clouds praying to the air
“Heal us Africa with the balm of your Roots
Heal us with the beauty of your art”.

Dusk in Africa
In Africa
Dusk
Brews our soul for the children to drink.
We are all but eyes
To stare and wonder
Like Angels on a stroll.

 

 

ALARM.

Who can eat the rottening pie?
Whose taste lost; yet
Abiding in the mouth of the simple
Ad tagged the world as
The past century dwellers.
Though the cakes we are forced to eat
The palm oil soiled yam
As the pies of our fathers
Do out lips longeth for.
Yet lost from our hungry mouths
We still day dream our origin.

Who can tell the way of the drums?
Who can stir the pottage of our pot?
Where is the breast that feed this giant?
Weep and morn! Oh, women of the land
For the one we cherish
Let our hearts believe not
The hands of death on our beloved
For this only is a long sleep.

 

 

IMMORTAL VOICES.

Laughter will never grow old
Our songs will never age
Like the mountains of Africa
Boasting before years
Laughter will never grow old
Our songs will never age.

DO NOT MOURN ME, AFRICA.

When I leave to swallow the sea
Skip the jungle into dreams
Do not mourn me, Africa
When I put out to heed
A call of change across the border.

I want to learn to play pianos
So our drums will smile unique
Do not mourn me, Africa
When I set out to see
What lies inside the Hammer.

Not in vain my bracelets cast
Charmed Rhythms of our songs
Do not mourn me, Africa
When I heed to the dance of lands
Nature teases in our whisper.

Do not mourn me, Africa
Do not mourn.

precious star,

STAR OKPEH is a passionate African writer and Poet. Active Poetry Coach, Publisher at StarWrite Productions and Author of The Dance Of Dawn.
Her works have appreared on Atunispoetry.com, anthologies, Poetica Magazine and many platforms. She is the Head of Writers at The Portal Network International, Member of Writers Space Africa, Editor and International Project manager.
Chinua Ezenwa Ohaeto, winner of The New Hampshire Institute of Art Writing Award speaking about her did say…
” Star is a dynamic fellow With a beautiful mind.. Her writings measure the environment, relationships and understanding of self.”

 

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Curated  by MBIZO CHIRASHA Recipient of PEN Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant (2017) Literary Arts Projects Curator, Writer in Residence, Blogs Publisher, Arts for Human Rights/Peace Activism Catalyst, Social Media Publicist and Internationally Anthologized Writer, 2017 African Partner of the International Human Rights Arts Festival Exiled in Africa Program in New York.2017 Grantee of the EU- Horn of Africa Defend Human Rights Defenders Protection Fund. Resident Curator of 100 Thousand Poets for Peace-Zimbabwe, Originator of Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Movement. African Contributor to the Table of Words Demer Press International Poetry anthology edited by Hannie Rouweler in Netherlands. Solidarity Member of Global Alliance for Politics and Arts. African Participant to the 2014-2020 World Poetry Almanac Anthologies series in Mongolia edited by Hadaa Sendoo. Co-Editor of German Africa Bilingual Collection with German International Translator Andreas Weiland in 2016 (http://www.street-voice.de/SV7/SVissue7.html).2003 Zimbabwean Young literary Delegate to the Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden ( presented at Nordic Africa institute, Swedish Writers union , SIDA Diplomatic luncheon , Radio Dialogue , Swedish International library Association , Sweden National Education Summit).2009 Poet in residence of ICACD ,international Conference of Africa Culture and Development courtesy of African Culture Development Institute .Founder of the GIRLCHILDCREATIVITY PROJECT. Curator of MIOMBOPUBLISHING, miombopublishing.wordpress.com and PERSONALITIES OF INSPIRATION, personalitiesofinspiration.wordpress.com.

 

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