I am on the Ladder, Give me the Paintbrush, by Marvel Chukwudi Pephel

Let me paint memory onto these walls,

Let me paint this street green

For some memories ought to stay fresh &

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This street knows her name, knows his name;

All they who were reduced to nothingness by bomb blasts,

All they who were carried away into some forest

whose name or names I have no interest in.

Give me the paintbrush let me paint these hearts

That I have drawn

white,

For I hope those victims rest in peace.

And when you pass through this street remember

That a man, a boy, a woman, a girl

Once breathed and laughed on this street,

..

And that they were humans like you.

(For the victims of Boko Haram abductions and bombings).

..

 

Marvel Chukwudi Pephel is a prolific Nigerian writer who writes poems, short stories and other things besides. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in High Coupe, The Avocet, The Kalahari Review, Praxis Magazine for Arts and Literature, Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine, Poetry Tree on the Charles, Pyrokinection, Jellyfish Whispers, I Am Not a Silent Poet, African Writer, The Naked Convos, PIN Quarterly Journal, amongst others. His poetry was selected for the  Best New African Poets 2016 Anthology. He is currently a two-time winner of the Creative Writing Ink Competition (Ireland).

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