Author OMWA OMBARA is a prolific African Voice in Diaspora. Her resilience hardened verses send a rebellious jab to the cantankerous, unrepentant COVID 19 pandemic. She sings a bitter hymn against chair warmers and lazy hands -on- keyboard scribes, who thrive on abusing and harvesting the sweat of resilient writers and voices from digital thicket, without any ounce of their own effort. Her rebuking lines in her hefty protest poem IN HONOR OF PRESS FREEDOM DAY 2020, a Satire glow with hard truth and snorts in the remorseless faces of double-chinned charlatans and double bellied pseudo media bosses burying the pseudo revolutionary imbecility in borrowed political berets. The Protest Poet is not holding her horses, back she throws sharp jibe into the belly of COVID 19 and her irritating twin imbeciles daughter Quarantine and Lockdown.
IN HONOR OF PRESS FREEDOM DAY 2020
I am an armchair journalist scouting Zuckerberg’s ever busy streets for free information
Feeding off the sweat of frontline journalists and eyewitnesses
Taking credit for those who risk their lives everyday in the COVID-19 war to bring the news home.
I am an armchair journalist, I work in pyjamas and bathroom slippers
I sip endless cups of coffee and hug my whiskey bottles against my protruding potbelly.
I am Media
Proclaiming freedom of speech to justify my waywardness
Scrounging for leftover news to analyze, interpret, criticize.
I steal pictures faster than they hit facebook
Downloading, cropping, filtering.
I switch my remote control 24/7 to keep up with the latest news channels
Give me forty winks and I’ll do the trick, I sleep with the pen and notebook on my lap for tips and balance.
I am the yellow journalist
Conveniently starved from the appetite of quoting sources
Too entitled to attribute websites and pages I have stolen from.
I am an armchair journalist
I celebrate press freedom today
Can’t you see my armchair is rugged from my tired butt?
I am the press,
I hold the power of the pen.
I ‘kill’people with rumors and post their photos before they truly die.
I do not use the share button
‘Copy paste’ and ‘stolen’is my Press Plagiarism Card
I am an armchair journalist begging politicians and fans for donations to buy bundles and pay for internet.
I have not been to any COVID-19 spotlight zone
I’m so afraid to die
And leave all the news behind
Let the other journalists with spine sweat it out in the hot seat.
I am the armchair journalist
Mocking journalists in jail, those murdered for speaking truth to power and asylees
Holding my large nose high in contempt
But I have thousands of likes and followers and I must feed my fans.
Don’t you know ‘image is everything’?
COVID -19 TICKING
Tick tock tick tock
Multitude clocks chiming
Time’s not waiting
Two million bells and still counting
American forest alert sounding
Cowards, Brave rangers trembling
Grass stop singing
Displaced ants cringing
Sun’s face hiding
Everything is -inging
Giant feet thumping
A thousand fireflies dimming
What an -ing -ing -ing
Sick bat bleeding
Ill wind swaying
Helpless doctors watching
Mass graves loading
Masked undertakers smiling
Bottomless pit dining
Gluttonous womb breeding
Freed souls merging
Rich and poor uniting.
Cherubim and Seraphim bowing
Mystery doors closing
What an -ing -ing -ing
Till they find the vaccine
We’ll soon be -ing -ing -inging
Still, let’s not stop singing.
Ink pen flowing.
SONG OF AN ASYLEE
Those ploughing along the borders
Scratching through the barren land
Soaking the soils with sweaty armpits
Absorbing the cloudless sun’s rays
Have you seen the eagle?
The one with the powerful claws?
And swift wings?
He has stolen my young ones from the nest I built with tough twigs.
He picked my healthy chicks, locked them in cages.
He left behind the sickly ones.
To stray into detention camps.
Those digging the walls by the borders
Have you seen the noisy hawk.
Tell him my breasts hurt with milk
The babies hadn’t weaned
And an alien virus lurks in the fields.
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Mbizo CHIRASHA the Founder and Author of the Time of the Poet. UNESCO-RILA Affliate Artist. Featured Poetry Artist at WorldBeyondWar.Org. Freedom of Speech Fellow to PEN- Zentrum Deutschland,Germany. Alumni of the International Human Rights Arts Festival in New-York, USA.Literary Arts Activism Diplomatie. Globaly Certified Arts Mediums Curator and Influencer. Internationally Published Page and Spoken Word Poet. Writer in Residence. Arts for Human Rights Catalyst. Core Team Member of the Bezine Arts and Humanities Project. His illustrious poetry , hybrid writings , political commentary ,short fiction , book reviews and Arts Features are published in more than 400 spaces notably the Monk Arts and Soul in Magazine in United Kingdom. Atunis Poetry.com in Belgium. Demer press poetry series in Netherlands. World Poetry Almanac in Mongolia.Poesia journal inSlovenia. Bezine Arts and Humanities Webzine in USA. The Poet a Day in Brooklyn ,USA. Litnet Writers Journal in South Africa. African Crayons in Nigeria. Poetry Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Pulp-pit USA.the FictionalCafe international Journal , Texas USA
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