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The beautiful ones are born

But they are like caged birds

Whose wings are clipped

And their feet tied

under the sheets

They only sing to themselves hymns of hope

Like a pregnant woman expecting a baby.

The beautiful ones are born

To claim their rights

Like the ‘Native Son’

But they are only heard of suffering

When they are beaten like bàtá drum

But still hope for better life.

The beautiful ones are born

But in their claim for egalitarianism

They take to protest

And the ugly ones lay ambush

The ugly ones through their mercenaries

With their sabre-tooth

Truncate the beautiful ones’ ambition.

The ugly ones are born

Like free birds in the air

They can be seen and heard

But humanity feels not

Their positive impact but negative ones

When they make fishing Peter’s net tore –

The beautiful ones toiling turn toy

In the hands of the ugly ones

Just ’cause they went home empty hand.

The ugly ones are born

To swallow in billions

The beautiful ones’ share of welfarism

The ugly ones in their smartness

Transfer via internet to foreign treasury

Leaving the beautiful ones in penury

What will happen?

When birds of a feather jail themselves

The more protracted the investigation,

The more the chances of exoneration.

The beautiful ones live in expectations

But the ticket to make change

Is as expensive as rainbow’s excrete

‘How do we get there?’

Is the question of the beautiful ones

Who will now pull the poor to the poll?

If the beautiful ones are barred from the poll

It is a sign to the beautiful ones

That in the camaraderie of the ugly ones

They get the ticket in gyration

Just to deceive the beautiful ones.

The beautiful ones are born

Through their action

Which speaks louder than words

And with this, they will be heard and seen.

This guest article was submitted by Anonymous .

I keep quiet when my pen speaks.

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ONIPEDE Festus Moses is a linguist and poet. He is from Ogun State, Nigeria.  He has some of his poems published in the following anthology: Beyond the Horizon: An Inter-continental Anthology, Aurora: An Anthology of English Poetry, Prose, Short Stories, Interviews, One-Act Plays, and Articles, Insulatus: An Anthology of Modern English Poetry, among others. He also writes poems, articles, short stories, and one-act plays for Lipi International Magazine.and Nairapen.

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