It is yet another corn season
Our mothers’ hearths grow cold
But the soils grow hot

Caking up with the rain of each season
The corns sprout in full bloom

Their ears and tassels kiss the face of the naked sun
But this is only in far away places,
Where peace is no misery
But for us, a luxury

But there is hunger in the land
Sitting by our bedside
Feeding us death for supper
Counting our grave stones

Opening up the walls of our intestine

Our shirts or torn
We go about with nameless faces
Wearing our bereavements like a badge of honour
Pressed against the walls of suppression
Our hands, tied to our backs
Our tongue, castrated from our entrails
We hover around like zombies
With our teeth on edge
Looking for preys to pounce on
We have been made foreigners in our own land
Uprooted from our farmsteads

Made fragments for the hawks to feed on
Buried and decayed
Pounded and sifted
What more can we say?
What more is left of us and our cursed lands?

Our hands ache for the hoe
Our hearts pant, and with time, grow weary
But fear grips us
As we watch from afar
In far lands hearth to, where
Corns bloom in their full season
Yet, our part is to watch our hungrysoil

Hungry for seeds to be planted
In yet another season
Where no corns bloom in their season.

It is yet another corn season
The moths eat our cobs black
Our children with sunken eyes and distended stomach
Those eyes judge us; they cry for what we cannot give
A dead child is good news to the stomach
Others must have a meal

It is yet another corn season
This is how it all began
A man honest to his hoe
Another pledged by his cattle
At dawn
The hoofs rustled the corns
It made them shake from the roots
The farmer comes in the morning
Panting near the corridors of death
His cutlass is made bare  from their hiding place
Gun powder blinds the eyes that can see
Women with their children on their dangling breasts
Run like rustled cows
Young men with blood on their hands
Prance about in raged tirade
But a night came
When peace was covered in black
It knocked on each door
But no one answered
In my sleep
I heard their footsteps
I smelt flesh burn
I saw my father beheaded
And yet for many years
We wait for a season of bloom,

for yet we hope,

After so many years, and counting

For another corn season







Udemezue, Oluoma loves to read and write; she also enjoys movies, oldies, and meeting new people. Oluoma believes that life is nothing without a touch of culture,  romance, thriller and reality. Her short stories and poem have appeared on different online magazines (pulse.ng, amakaanozie.wordpress.com, creativeprizes.com, coutales.com, etc,) and blogs. Catch her on: udemezueoluoma@yahoo.com, Udemezue, Oluoma Judith on Facebook, Instag- oluomaudemezue, and Twit- @Udemezueoluoma.

About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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  1. Ndidi Abala says:

    Oly, your piece is simply amazing.

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