A poem characterized under the African poetry.
a war only ends,
when another war begins:
the silence of the battlefield
heralds the widow’s anguish
For, to set questions
is not as hard as finding answers….
Our war has ended
because war is now with us
The deserted houses, the fallen rafters
breed the city’s slums
and the praise singers are not dead
they have only gone to the barracks ….
the butchers fill the parliaments ….
and the victims no longer die by bullets
but survive to pay the levies
Listen ___ they will tell you ___
to beat drums is mere children’s play
the adult’s is to start echoes ….
Okinba Launko is a pen name of the playwright and poet, Femi Osofisan. He has been honoured with awards and appointments for his lifetime achievements. A much respected name in African letters, Osofisan has been winner of the Folon-Nichols Award, and was Director of a national theatre. He is known for his famous play ‘The Women of Owu (2006) . His poems include Minted Coins (1987) and Dream Seeker on a DIvining Chain (1993).