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SCHISM by Nnabuike Onah

Schism; we split into two
like a bean though we were maize.

We became a twin kernel
in a shell; a hard wall divides.

We sing songs that are foreign
to our ears; this is Babel.

We are cleaned up like a china
wiped of leftovers; we are empty

Of those memories of us
our laughter and songs; we have forgotten

That once we were one
covered together under a blanket of unity.

Nnabuike Onah is a student at the university of Ibadan.



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