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MLK Day – Beyond A Holiday

Martin Luther King Day…

Causes the world to pause, albeit it

For a moment, to recall the sordid horror of

The atrocities that were unconscionably and

Violently perpetuated against a segment

Of humanity, just because they were endowed

With a darker hue by the Creator of the entire universe.

Further, the observance of the day, yet brings to mind

Those other fallen heroes, along the arduous cause towards

Justice and dignity for all, and their individual and

Collective sacrifice on the blood-stained altar for equality.

Alas, the unvarnished realization is that the quest, still incomplete,

Must again, be fiercely populated with sustained courage

To confront the disdainful  scourge of discrimination

Wherever it seeks refuge or finds habitation, to expose it

For unequivocal condemnation and ultimate eradication.

Therefore, arise citizens of the world and in diligent measure

Commit to and embrace the legacy and essence of the holiday.

 

YemilBenjoy ©

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Reflect Nigeria – The Abducted Girl’s Vigil

I am a girl.
I am a human being.
I am a citizen of the world.
I have a mother who weeps for me.
I have a father who searches for me.
I have a brother and sister who do not know where I am.
I have a family bewildered by my disappearance.
For someone stole my life from me.
Took me violently from everything I knew and loved
And from all those who loved me, and brutally
Forced me into a state of no existence
Because my gender is female, and like
An object with no spirit and no name
Cast me aside for the use of others
In complete disregard for my humanity
Without a care about my dreams and hopes
And against my will and without my consent.
Am I invisible…
Can nobody hear my crying in the night.
Is the world deaf to my screaming when I am raped.
Is the world oblivious to the bleeding from my wounds.
Is the world laughing when my body is exposed and
My essence is viciously taken from me repeatedly and by many
What did I do to deserve this.
Why does humanity allow this to happen.
Is nobody listening to my wailing.
Does nobody care.
Does anybody care.
Or do you choose not to care.
Will somebody please help me.
Please.

YemilBenjoy ©

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Reflect Nigeria – Sex Trafficking’s Conspiracy of Evil  

What gives anyone the right to steal the virtue and dreams of girls, just because they are girls. To regard them as insignificant in the scheme of life, other than being considered, vessels simply for the sexual gratification of others and consequently treated with utter disdain and unbridled contempt. Why are they discarded as remnants of society, sold in the market square of horror for the delight of others, just because they are girls.  Why should some believe that they can define the role of girls and limit their expectations and truncate their aspirations?

The atrocity of the human trafficking of girls is sustained by accomplices to the conspiracy of evil. The contemptible buyers willing to purchase girls drive their reprehensible sale. Those who purchase innocence and subjugate the girls are equally as culpable as those who abduct and sell them. There is no distinction in the repugnant refrain – I did not abduct and sell, I only bought a young girl and forced her to become a sex slave. Relegating the female children of the world to lives of rape, sodomy, domination and subjugation in the back alleys of life’s existence is a blight on humanity.  This injustice must not be condoned by inaction.  Citizens of the world must continue to unite in one accord to stamp out irrevocably the scourge of sex trafficking.

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Reflect Nigeria – Find Our Treasure

Praying for the safe return of Nigeria’s 234.

 

Let us now in desperate and grim realization attempt to

Focus on the magnitude of the horrendous that continues

To escalate and engulf the existence in the country called Nigeria.

How can the essence of the nation survive this unrelenting onslaught…

 

Alas, which of the detestable will cause the collective again to demand relief.

Will it be the death trap that stretches its clutches across the expressway

Once ironically designed to provide safe passage from Ibadan to Lagos.

Or the bombings of sanctuaries of worship where many perish in services, or

Death by diseases otherwise successfully managed elsewhere around the globe.

Or the degradation of educational standards from the lack of vision to the

Continued loss of the eager youth, and profound detriment of the nation.

Or the lack of running portable water amid of the absence of electricity

The latter, resulting in high tone deafness from constant noise pollution

Generated by the fixtures of survival attempting to illuminate darkness.

Or the refuse dumps that litter the landscape like monuments to garbage,

The welcome refuge, for vermin of all description and cultures of pestilence.

Or the bombings shattering lives of the citizens embarking on life’s daily toil.

Or the unimaginable slaughter of the innocent boys seeking knowledge

Amid the school halls and classrooms where youthful vigor should flourish.

 

Nay, all that suffices not for a nation to suffer, for the siege on hope

Determined, took ghastly form beyond the contemplation of despair itself

And laid before us adversity intent to ravage the invaluable treasure

Of the nation, our youth, our future and promise of tomorrow…

No, the calamities unremitting continued whilst the authorities slept.

Thus the number 234, the loathsome figure now synonymous with DREAD

In a foreseeable act of abominable monstrosity, swept through a school

And inflicted more violence on the sanctity of the classrooms, where

Youthful laughter should intersect with intellectual curiosity for the

Advancement of self and to the enduring benefit of the nation.

The atrocity, sending shockwaves through the tattered and bloody fabric

Of the society, in repugnant manner, hence haunts the daily existence of a nation.

 

Yet, after the horror…

Where were the officials in appropriate sackcloth for lamentation.

Where was the immediate declaration of a state of mourning.

Where was the decisive proclamation deploying all measure of troops to

Embark on the mission, to rescue our future from the captors, to assure

The aghast nation, that the welfare of the people was of paramount concern.

Rather, the aftermath was laced with misrepresentation and vacillation

To the further disillusionment of the parents and disbelief of the nation.

As mothers wept and fathers gnashed their teeth, some inept officials

Charged with the responsibility of stewardship of the nation, floundered

And some could still celebrate, board jets and drink, and dared to sleep

In the comfort of homes fortified by legions that should be searching

For our girls, who in that cursed forest, no freedom nor solace can embrace.

 

Why should the Nigerian flag still fly.

Why are lights in state houses not dimmed.

Where are the resignations in the wake of this enormity.

Or has it escaped reason that a mammoth disaster has befallen the nation

That this, in all form of description is an unspeakable  national tragedy.

Or does their callous indifference know no bounds.

Where was the swift response to the assault on innocence.

Or do they in vain, believe the plight of the girls is nothing short of

Dehumanization, extreme hardship and unimaginable cruelty.

Do some in governance still seek to ignore the glaring obvious

Or are they so inoculated with apathy that the stark evades them.

 

When other nations unwavering, search for their missing and presumed dead,

Let all forcefully make bold declaration in one accord on this matter.

That the failure to prevent the dreadful and the ineptitude in its vortex

Constitute a reprehensible blot of incalculable proportions, on one nation,

Warranting scathing and persistent international condemnation, as such

Rightfully castigating the nation, found so terribly wanting and wantonly unprepared,

In its manifested lack of fortitude to search for its living, and its future,

So violently abducted from within the heart of its own territorial boundaries.

 

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Wisdom Prevailing

Refrain from courting the seductive enticement

Of the dastardly but evidently harmful trap,

For attendant to and within the darkness of the pit

Lie ills of ruinous and horrendous proportion.

Although alluring it may appear, as it beckons

With the tantalizing aroma of feigned attraction,

Endeavour not to accept its deceptive invitation

Wherein disaster of certain takes sure habitation.

 

Rather, with resolve, listen and follow ardently

Wisdom’s refrain, and pursue ye so earnestly

The alternative promise of hope’s true reality,

And that which is patently of responsible order.

For even though it, may emerge and fully unfold

Only whence its dawning is but timely and due, the

Persisting triumph, over that ominous snare, which

Loomed so treacherously to derail the benign spirit,

Will multiple the reward of faithful patience, and

Coupled with the bounty of a virtuous promise,

Justify the endurance that directed your upright steps

And sustained your days along the propitious course.

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Justice For Trayvon

Should not have been as elusive as it has become

How can lady justice rest easy in the realization

That a young boy with the apparent promise

To live too, and likewise stand his ground to

Defend his precious life and the right to walk

Boldly to his father’s abode in the land of the free,

Such freedom, previously denied by shackles and ships,

Was gunned down before the prime of his short life…

With no remedy forthcoming for his cold body.

Yet, his choice of garment becomes a negative focal point,

And though racial connotations seem tragically minimized

They loom large in the quest for justice for more than the dead

For alas, justice for Trayvon is indeed justice for all.

Lest we all someday are subject to dreadfully wrong assumptions

Causing the fabric of society to disintegrate to the detriment of all.

Shoot us not merely because of the skin …

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Treachery’s Ultimatum

Treachery, can aptly masquerade as

Loyal confidants attending your courts…

Thus vigilance attend to most earnestly.

Lest the schemes of deceit surprise present

At arm’s length, or in close proximity

Seeking to strike with a lethal blow,

Determined wholeheartedly to destroy.

For treachery knoweth no measure of peace

Save it supplant tranquility with ruination.

Therefore, cloak yourself in the armour of

Unwavering faith, stalwart of integrity, and

With wisdom, most cautiously guard thy ways.

YemilBenjoy Copyright September 2012

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