THROUGH THE EYES OF INNOCENCE (A PEACE PROJECT)

THROUGH THE EYES OF INNOCENCE
(A PEACE PROJECT)
 
POEMS

 

Through the eyes of innocence
Why
have I been denied the ribbon?
That
cat?
I am
not allowed to fly
To the
top of the sky
When I
grab that big piece of meat
And
try to have a bite
It
hurts my mouth.
I have
a set of ropes
I am
not allowed to touch.
“I am
sick to the peak”,
I tell
myself.
But
now I know
That
that ribbon was a Snake,
That
cat was a Lion.
I was
not allowed to fly
Because
when I jump
I’ll
hurt my head.
That
piece of meat
Was
nothing but a rock.
Those
set of ropes
Were
electric wires
And
now I am glad
But
not sad
I
thought like that because
I saw
through the eyes of innocence.
Tobi Umar
Kingdom Citizen’s Pavilion
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Nigeria

I am a place cold and numb
A place quiet and dumb
I am a place dark and lonely
Where everyone leaves looking gloomy
I am the home of untapped genius
Hidden beneath stone tablets
A place filled with sorrows
Piercing hearts like arrows
I am the home of ideas
Drowned in a flood of tears
The home of futures, bright as rainbows
Buried seven feet below
Home of riches
Buried beneath heaps of bones
I am a library of books unread
A hymn of songs unheard
I am a place everyone knows
Where a river of tears flows
Where everyone is equal and bears the
title “late”
I am the cemetery
Godwin Ogebe
Foundation
Academy, Tudun wada, jos
Redemption
Like a
sailor sailing
With
no direction
Desperate,
unsure, praying
For
want of vision
Like a
sailor sailing
Watching
for hope, vigilant for land
Anticipating
land upon which again he may stand
Like a
sailor sailing
No
food, no provision
Pleading
for salvation, for redemption
Have I
lost my vision?
For
want of provision
Have I
no direction,
Am I a
living lie, a breathing illusion?
Godwin Ogebe
Foundation
Academy, Tudun wada, jos
Visions
of youth
I appeared in the mist
Nothing short of a miracle
Born black, nurtured in the dark
Blindness I see in the beautiful colors
of black
Watching seasons pass, waiting to see the
light
Admiring visualizations day and night
To be held and led by another man’s
vision
I miss the light
I miss the sight
Of earth, nature, men and might
I lost my eyes and have to have another
nation’s own
Blindness my country see’s
Watching seasons pass
Waiting to see the light
To fall, to stumble, with shock and pain
To succumb to wishes, to pleas for help
Searching with hands, seeking out paths
I see the mockery hidden beneath the gaze
of others
‘’How much longer’’? I ask myself
I lose all hope, I go to bed
No difference in sleeping or waking
Darkness has become my true friend
Faithful and enduring
Will we awake to the light, to sight?
Cheering at our children?
Will we smile?
Will we cease to see the darkness I see?
Dennis
Eyiza Onotu
Bishop’s
College
Through the eyes of innocence
Oh,
through the eyes of innocence
It is
like a flame of guiltless conscience
See a
sorrowful misfortune of death,
Pain
and stress in a dangerous field
Of
collocation, of religious differences.
Through
the eyes of innocence
Is
like the observation and appearance
Of a
patient eye of justice
Burning
down through the eyes of innocence,
Of
fear, of confidence in defense.
Through
the eyes of innocence
Is
like a claustrophobic entry
Of the
manifestation of tribalism
And
political and ethnic differences.
We
pray that God in Heaven
Who
made the Heavens and the earth,
And
created us, might remember us
In his
kingdom of paradise
At the
hour of our death, amen.
Rabo Paul Grumwan
Rochas Foundation College, Jos.
Through the eyes of Innocence
   Through the eyes of innocence
See
love, see joy and happiness
Through
the eyes of innocence
You
see peace
If
there will be peace
There
will be no war
You
see them good
You
see them bad.
You
see some good that are bad
You
see some bad that are good.
You
see their eyes gifted with riches.
But
then they are greedy to help others.
You
see their hands poor
But
are ready to give.
You
see them nice but are ready to destroy.
You
see them ugly but are ready to build and make
The
world a better place.
You
see them curious but only to disappoint.
You
see them gentle wanting to help
But
they don’t have what it takes to help
You
see them easy to anger and are gentle
Through
the eyes of innocence there is hope
But
many shatter the hopes.
Through
the eyes of innocence
Love
and joy will be stable.
Through
the eyes of innocence
Courage
and pride.
Through
the eyes of innocence
There
is freedom and peace.
Through
the eyes of innocence.
Uchendu Grace
Rochas Foundation College, Jos.
Through the eyes of innocence
Through
the eyes of innocence
I see
a world tender and younger
I see
a place of paradise
I see
a world with radiant light
I see
a world that is lilly, lovely and friendly.
Through
the eyes of innocence
I see
a world that is gentle like
A dove
as it orbits the sun.
A
world where I don’t have to blame
A
world of justice and peace
A
world of beauty and fairness.
Oh,
but what a world we are in now;
A
place of sweet sorrow
A
place of painful happiness
A
place where I can’t trust anyone
A
place of conflict and injustice, riot and unfairness.
Where
did our earthly paradise go?
Oh
God, we pray that you return the days of Eden
And
mould our ways and life-
So we
pray, amen.
Achuism Chibuike Joseph
Rochas Foundation College, Jos.
The Accused
In his
eyes
Lies humility,
respect and innocence.
People
like him because of his character.
Wherever
he goes, he was highly respected.
People
say he is guilty of the crime he was accused of.
He was
beaten, wounded and sent to jail.
He
suffered for what he was not guilty of.
He
passed through many trials,
And
suffered for every charges made against him.
He was
dragged and flogged by the policemen,
And
while he cried in pains and agony
He
kept on saying,
“I am
innocent”.
But no
one gave him a listening ear.
His
daily food was the cane.
His
songs where the cries, pains and sadness.
His
friends were those evil men who always maltreated him.
 He kept on saying,
“I am
innocent”.
No one
was there to comfort him.
He was
left alone to suffer.
He
kept on saying,
“I am
innocent”.
He sat
in the prison room waiting
For
the day of his freedom.
Waiting
for the shame to be over…
He
kept on saying,
“I am
innocent”.
Chukwudi Esther
Plateau Comprehensive Academy
 
 
 
The War
When
life knocks at the door I resurrect
In a
peace that doesn’t last.
The
world is silent
And
only I know I am innocent.
Now I
am in their midst
I am
prone to die just because of someone,
Just
because of a bad seed among us.
Just
because of those who never valued life.
The
blood of my mum springs up
With a
last life to dry
I
scream
I only
feel I deserve to die,
Surrounded
by dark smoke,
Raising
up the sign,
The
sign of human violence,
And
the sign of my last…
Only I
know I am innocent.
The
gun shot crack the walls and my heart.
I
heard:
“Oh I
die! Oh I die!!
I
heard:
“Please
I convert! Please I convert!
Then
liquid sound pierces up,
Which
I know is of blood.
I
heard another…
“Ouch!
Ouch! Ouch!
And
the cry of a nine months baby.
This
war
It
only dawns on us the innocent
It
only takes our lives
It
only values our flesh.
So I
wait
I am
to voyage to an ethereal, distant world.
The
point of no return.
And no
time to bid you farewell.
No
relevant thing there maybe
But
rest…
I
couldn’t lift up my eyes,
To
view the coming of knives.
Suleiman Shaaibu
Plateau Comprehensive Academy
Blessed Child
In her
eyes lies innocence
And
her thoughts were innocent
And
she was an innocent girl
From
her mother’s milk to her crib
From
being busy doing nothing…
All
these she did through the eyes of innocence
She
was a blessed child
Who
knew not what was going on…
Who
was scared…
Who
was a child of the gods.
Pure
was what everyone called her.
No
matter what happened
No one
looked at her with guilt
Because
they knew she was pure
And innocent.
No
matter what the problem was
No one
accused her
Because
she was a pure child
Who
would grow to be the child chosen by the gods.
An
innocent child she was
A
blessed child she was
A pure
child she was
And
all these for a little innocent girl.
People
said, “bless us innocent child,
For in
your eyes
Are
the words of the gods-
“Bless
us”,
For
you see THROUGH THE EYES OF INNOCENCE.
Augustine Satplang
Plateau Comprehensive Academy
Through the eyes of innocence
Through
the eyes of an Angel
I see
a free and incorruptible world.
I see
corruption as sweet as sugar
And I
see this world as honey.
I see
corrupt politicians as my role models
I see
no reason why
I
should keep quiet when happy
And
not cry when sad.
I play,
not minding the crow watching.
The
fact everybody stares at me
Doesn’t
amuse me.
I
innocently do things without thinking
What
people say.
I see
things from a different perspective;
I
dance, not minding the people around.
When
things go wrong
It
amuses me.
I see
this world as a place for celebration and having fun.
I see
no other side to my actions,
And
their consequences.
But
that was when I was still a child.
Until
life took away my innocence.
Joan Dyiltu
Kingdom Citizen’s College, Jos
Through the eyes of innocence
Little
john,
So
blameless and innocent of evil.
He
looks experienced and is ignorant of danger
He
thinks the world is just an extension of home.
He
wonders why he is deprived so much pleasure.
In his
mind he wonders:
Why
mummy won’t let him play
With
those big cats in the reserve…
Why
she won’t let him do what he sees on TV.
Why
daddy won’t let him play
With
the toys adults drive on the road.
Why?
What’s
so dangerous out there?
Well,
As
time goes on, maybe he’ll understand.
Dafe Edesiri
Kingdom Citizen’s College
Through the eyes of innocence
I am a
child searching for freedom
I am
inquisitive to know
Why is
it that no one
Seems
to understand me?
The
other day
I went
out without my clothes
To
play in the rain
And
when mother saw me,
She
spanked me.
I am
not given the liberty
To do
what I want to do.
But
now
The
trials of the world
Have
led me to grow
I now
understand that those
Days
of spanking
Would
not last,
But
obedience will.
Now I
know a child’s mind is as free
As a
bird.
Opeyejesu Olanipekun Ayoola
Kingdom Citizen’s College
Through the eyes of innocence
I look
around puzzled and confused
And
feel not cuddled
I feel
hated and despised.
They
say I see from a different perspective
But I
feel deceived.
When I
am spanked
I feel
it’s a prank.
When I
try to do what is right
They
say I have blind sight.
When I
try to do my mind’s delight
I am
always not right.
I
always stumbled
And
always grumbled.
I was
always the center attraction
But
not of positive affection.
So
curiosity has made me know
That
being spanked is no pranks,
Wickedness
is goodness,
And
that sight might be a delight.
Now I
know
Children
are walking
Through
the path of ignorance
Children
see through the eyes of innocence.
Teddy Tony Shav
Kingdom Citizen’s College, Jos.
Book Haram
Oh my
sweet country!
Oh
Nigeria!
You
claim to be good
But
you are not.
You
claim to correct your mistakes.
I turn
left and right
Murderers
everywhere.
Killings,
stealing,
Kidnappings
and cheatings everywhere.
Oh
Nigeria!
A land
of heroes,
A land
with beautiful faces.
Why
the killings and destructions?
Let’s
unite and transform Nigeria.
Danladi Christabel Besan
Govt. Coll. Jos
Our future is bright
As the
day passes by
So the
wind blows by
And
the age goes by
So her
economy dries up.
I look
through the eyes of innocence
Through
the eyes of pity
Through
the eyes of tears
Through
the eyes of tragedy
At her
ruins, her burns,
Her
land filled with thick innocent blood.
And I
ask why much sufferings?
With a
smile she says,
“Our
future is bright”.
Falaye Morenike Joy
Calvary Science College.
Nigeria will emerge
If
only I can turn back
The
hands of time
My cry
of lament
Will
not be heard.
If
only they can see
What
she has turned into,
After
all the quarrels
Wars
and struggles.
If
only they can see
Her
ruins and burns.
If
only they can look
Through
the eyes of innocence
And
stop corruption.
She
will be greater
She
will develop
She
will expand
She
will explore
If
only they can look
Through
the eyes of innocence
She
will emerge.
Falaye Morenike Joy
Calvary Science College.
Through the eyes of innocence
Through
my innocent eyes
I see
the future of Nigeria
But
the dread of corruption
Has
taken its root in her.
Through
my innocent eyes
I see
young, beautiful and intelligent
Boys and
girls
But
because there is no peace-
Threat
from Book haram
The
children she bore
Have
been taken away,
And
their destiny and future
Destroyed
and banished.
Through
my innocent eyes
I see
my country Nigeria
Growing
and going
Stronger
everyday
And
her land becoming
More
and more beautiful;
With
many houses, farms and resources.
Nigeria
my country
Yet
evil have destroyed her destiny
But
her people have fought
To
restore her place.
Nigeria
has fought
For
her independence and now gained peace.
Edisi Ochanya Clementina
Calvary Science College, Jos
Nigeria
My
heart quakes
As I
read the papers
My
ears deafen
As I
listen to the radio
My
eyes blink
As I
watch the television.
All
about news, news and news.
Oh!
Nigerians…
Mayhem,
terrorism, corruption,
Baby
factories, kidnapping,
Crude
oil theft and boko haram.
  Those
who are supposed to protect
Are
not spared.
Who
else is safe?
What is
our plight
As the
future leaders of this country?
Stop
the greed!
Your
predecessors did not destroy your future!
Why
destroy ours?
Esther Stephen Queen Gombat
Govt. Coll. Jos
 
 
 
 
My beloved country Nigeria
Nigeria,
Nigeria, oh my Nigeria
Nigeria
the giant of Africa
Nigeria
my fatherland
Your
blood still flows in my veins
Nigeria
of natural resources and money
Before,
Nigeria had good leaders
But
now, oh it pains me to see Nigeria…
Everything
has changed;
Corruption
is everywhere
Kidnappers
are stealing our future leaders
And
worst of all, there is no peace.
Nigeria
has now become weak
Like a
dirty dog beaten by the rain.
Oh my
Nigeria has changed
Only
God can change my country
Because
we are innocent.
Ponzing A. Nankat
The loss of Virginity
How
it gladdens my heart
To
announce and pronounce to the whole world
That
there are just but two nations
In
the world:
The
maiden Nigeria and many others.
But
it pains my heart to say
Nigeria
has lost her virginity
And
has been impregnated by
Corruption,
injustice, bribery and crisis
In
the state of Heartbreak
I
ask this question:
‘’Virgin
Nigeria why did you allow yourself
To
be deflowered’’?
Then
a still voice says to me;
“Impetuous
child
You
are the hope
To
bring peace, joy and to render
Justice
to the less privileged.
You
are the hope
To
heal the heartbreak
Of
your mother Nigeria
That
weeps day and night
For
the loss of her virginity.’’
Rinkam Nura Japhet
Success and Unity Schools
 
 
 
Nigeria
Oh
our sovereign motherland
The
heartbeat and giant of Africa
You
breed leaders
And
you will continue to breed more.
A
land of beauty,
A
land flowing with milk and honey
With
enough mineral resources.
The
holy city of Africa
A
conducive place to stay
With
fresh air.
 You depict the strength of Africa
With
a fertile soil
And
good agriculture.
A
perfect purpose and social amenities
The
hall of glory.
A
virgin which would give birth
To
great leaders.
Oh,
into your arms I came
When
you bore me
But
it hurts me
When
I see the mighty nation
Falling
With
corruption, crisis and killings.
Stop
the killings and embrace peace.
And
together we shall build the great nation.
Iki Agwom Samuel
Success and Unity Schools
Proud Nigeria
What
a beautiful land you are
A
land impregnated with mineral resources.
A
land blessed with leaders full of wisdom
A
land that gave birth to thirty-six beautiful maidens
Nigeria,
my fatherland
The
land my father served
The
land blessed with crude oil
The
land which God blesses
The
land of beauty
And
the giant of Africa
But
it saddens my heart
To
see the great queen
Being
burdened by selfishness,
Bomb
blasts, book haram, hunger
And
starvation.
Oh
great Nigerians
Let
us come together and make our great nation proud.
One
voice, one Nigeria.
Ogbor Ushang Cecilia
Success and Unity Schools

 

 

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