Agonies of a Riveriner

Born beside water
Thrown into it to float,
Grew up, a fish
Survival, inside it.

Born in the shanty
Bred in the slum,
Suffering in the ghetto
Drowning in the island.

No boat, no ship
No bridge, no border
Toxic waste, gaseous water
Muddy water, moody life.

Rains wash the farms
Floods sweep the shelters,
Rivers overflow their banks
Tragedy booming the doom,
Aquatic land, dead people.

Ngozi Olivia Osuoha is a Nigerian poet/writer/thinker who has published over 180 poems in over 13 countries and featured in over 25 international anthologies. Her three poetry books and a coauthored poetry book are available on Amazon. Read other articles by Ngozi Olivia.