Buhari’s Dark Designs: Squaring the Circle of Change

The euphoria of 2015 general elections has waned, yet the promises that accompanied it are still veiled in those inscrutable expressions in which hope is not discernible! But the lessons – stark, agonizing and traumatizing – with all their bitterness, hideousness and complete disillusionment will help to shape the country positively or negatively!

Nigerians truly desired a change: change from economic downturn to greater opportunities; change from insecurity to a new haven; from deadlock in education to a nation open to new ideas and experiences; change from a nation steeped in corruption to one redeemed from it; from political darkness to the hope of a new era; and change from a president who found himself in office by default, clueless, and lacked the aura that accompanies great leaders to one whose image would serve as inspiration in contemporary Nigerian politics – a truly charismatic leader with presidential mien who has the eyes of the world upon him and still has the ascetic’s benign indifference to fame! Those were the true yearnings of Nigerians.

In the run-up to 2015 elections, former President Jonathan’s leadership style and ‘body language’ encouraged the growth of cynicism which fuelled demoralization and resentment in the direction of the country. Corruption was wide-spread. Unemployment was commonplace. Poverty was palpable. Insecurity was high. Economy was battered. Hope was deflated! The president had good intentions but did not know what to do. He was honest, very honest and was not skilled in political manoeuvre.

Today, nothing has changed, yet everything has changed. The change is everywhere. Nigerians’ growing distrust with the then ruling PDP and the general disenchantment with Mr. Jonathan’s ‘body language’ made the change possible. They wanted an alternative irrespective of its make-up. The change has come and it is final. Followership should either change or be left in the cold!

President Buhari’s change has continued to move the country progressively backward. His ‘body language’ depicts him as largely – nay, roundly – naive, lacking an idea and a vision – an idea of good leadership and a clearer vision of modern development! After three previous unsuccessful attempts to lead the country, Nigerians saw his resilience as having stemmed from his roots of unshakeable faith in Nigeria shaped by vision and patriotism. But the post-Jonathan experiences have shown that the opposite is the case.

Nigeria today is in a state of calamity or hara-kiri – to borrow a trope from Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon. One cannot but pity the president and sympathize with the citizenry for deferred hope which rots the country from within. The expectations of a stable and economically virile nation at the post-Jonathan era do not materialize. There were reassuring promises that a dollar would trade for a naira; that unemployment would be banished in the land; that oil prices would be stabilized, (though very risible); that there would be no sacred cow in the fight against corruption (but the Tinubus, the Amechis, the Atikus and Obasanjos, the El Rufais walk the streets as kings); that unemployed youths would receive a monthly allowance of five thousand naira; that school children would be fed; that agriculture would take its prime place as the mainstay of the national economy and other mouth-filling promises of change. There were no pointers to doubt the promises especially when the likes of Tam David-West, a professor and revered ex-petroleum minister assured Nigerians that with Buhari at the helm, petrol would sell at forty naira. Buhari’s image as ex-petroleum minister, ex-head of state and ex-chairman of PTF was laundered as the magic wand that would dissolve the nation’s economic logjam. But nobody was there to remind the dull-witted enthusiasts that Obasanjo’s second coming (with prison experience) made no difference!

The Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, just said that the passage of 2016 budget would lift many Nigerians from poverty. No one still doubts his mastery of equivocation. The Squealer of Animal Farm is far more skilled in political propaganda than the FFKs. But it all reminds one of the safe prophecies of Prophet Jeroboam in Soyinka’s The Trial of Brother Jero. Again, when the minister said that the president is working hard to make Nigeria better, the image of Kongi in Kongi’s Harvest comes to mind. Kongi would pose differently for photo-journalists to depict him in sober, pensive mood with such captions as would make him appear committed to his task of leadership. But the grand design is to deceive the people.

Where the nation is today under Buhari’s watch is better imagined than felt. The opposite is true of all the promises and expectations! What has the president achieved to his credit? War against terrorism? And corruption? Globetrotting? This is menu for another day. But the discharge of the corruption case against ex-governor Timipreye Sylva few days after Buhari was sworn in, the poor conduct of Rivers State legislative re-run election, the fraudulent CBN recruitment exercise which the president is a beneficiary, the unlawful arrest and incarceration of Ekiti State law-makers, the politics with Saraki’s trial, the continued detention of Nnamdi Kalu, the silence if not connivance in the Kano market fire disaster, the failure to try Ibrahim Larmorde for trillions of naira fraud are against the cornerstone of civilized affairs and are ruinous to our democracy.

In The Leadership we Want which Nwafor Orizu bequeaths the country, I shall highlight three of the ten qualities of leadership he prescribes. One, the leader must have the ability to represent the collective yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians. Two, he must be able to flaunt a catalogue of achievements based on patriotic motivation. And three, the leader must be spiritually shockproof which will enable him to resist the whirlwind of international diplomacy in the midst of crosscurrents of internal opposition.

Buhari lacks all of these attributes. In a diverse nation as Nigeria is in sectional composition, in cultural definition, in religion and in economic pursuit, he should do more to extract the strands of unity from the tangles of diversity. But he has let reason conflict with emotion. He has shown that his feeling for vengeance still runs deep. He has proved that the psyche of a man does not change! His language, his policy (if any), his government is bland and has no promising disposition!

But Buhari can still redeem his image, not by bringing about the longed-for change (anyone who still waits for it is waiting for godot and cannot be helped), but by bequeathing the country a leader who understands service and who will dazzle the polity with his brilliance!

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Lucky Dube: Eight Years After

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Lucky Dube – philosopher, poet, messenger, entertainer, and lyricist – holds a position of singular eminence in the world of reggae. He secured a place among the truly great of the world. Dube craved for philosophical distinction and visionary power, force and pride, which make the thinker a terror and a power in the land, and which so sever a great poet from the commoner throng that even kings are glad to do him honour.

“There comes a time in every man’s life when he’s got to face the truth no matter what,” so sang Dube in his extant lyric, Rasta man’s Prayer; just as there comes a time when a great man must be placed above the daily workings of his creation. For Lucky Dube, the time is now. Gifted and genial, Dube was a musician of great skill who grew up from the roots of unshakeable faith in Africa, but never was found to be fanatical. It was the artist in him who saw and expounded the philosophy of unity (togetherness), peace, freedom, justice, respect, truth and the dignity of man – the echoes of which found expression in his timeless lyrics, and the message of which transcends people, colour and creed. Though he believed that all mankind are brothers, Dube lost faith in the possibility of uniting them: “I don’t know why I keep believing that one day they (the politicians) will unite us together when they’ve shown in more ways than one that all they care about is the dollar,” so muses Dube in his Guns and Roses. For him, the politicians will only divide the people for their own gains instead of uniting them. And so, four or five years of power is enough to “destroy a lifetime of togetherness”. His detestation of the political class was given emphasis. In his political anthem, Peace, Perfect Peace, he once again made a frantic effort to nerve humanity to stand up for Truth and warned against following politicians.

Lucky Dube avowed that the object of his philosophy is to unite mankind and help humanity to find their right paths in creation. His long journey in the musical world was wholly an excursion in humanitarian altruism. Seldom have ideas that influenced nations come from a low personage. For him, the world is divided into thin lines of colours: “white, black, coloured, Indian,” yet united in that all are an image of God.

In the preamble to Together as One, he nerved himself Biblically: “When you read the Bible about the creation of the earth, the Bible tells us that man was created in the image of God. But it did not tell us whether God was white, black, coloured, Indian or whatever. When I see a white man, I see an image of God, I see a black man, I see an image of God ….”

The margins of his philosophy never found expression outside his Bible knowledge. His lyrics as a synthesis of his philosophy offer us the mind of a Rasta man living at ease which is a shrewd perception of the life that we live, but also the world as it could be. Thus, the power of his lyrics resides with the truth of our lives.

Lucky Dube is about bringing people together:  Back to my Root unveils his Rastafarian conviction, Together as One and Different Colours One People are his visions of world unity, with Guns and Roses dimming the hope of its actualization. If Reggae Strong affirms the immutability of truth, Stand Alone recollects the victory of truth. If War and Crime is an indictment of all human prejudices on colour and race, No Truth in the World is a scathing comment on the decay of human values. If Victims convicts man of his self-inflicted agonies, Perfect Peace is a rousing victory song for all to unite against the great enemy of mankind: the politician.

In Reap What You Sow, Dube confirms the inviolability of the Laws of Nature. Man has always blamed fate and talked of injustice merely because he suffered, not realizing that what he considered unjust was but the equitable measuring forth of that Eternal Law which is carried out with as mathematical exactitude as the setting of the sun. False Prophet and Puppet master close it all: the mental agonies of a willfully degraded life are worse tortures than are contained in the priestly notions of hell.

Lucky Dube had re-created himself. His mind was deep and unreservedly enthusiastic. It was his fervent love of nature that offered him the gift of first class inspiration in his career, thus harnessing the wonders of the world before him. Thus was the source of Dube’s genius, directing his endeavours not to anything romantic or hyper-natural but to natural characters and phenomena. While his work lasted, Dube sustained the flow from his mind lyrics of inspiration governed yet ever fresh, which made him a classic among his contemporaries. The ardours of undisguised poetic volition and the flashes of vigour that illuminated his first album Rastas Never Die (1984) was sustained till his last, Respect (2006).

On 18th October 2007, the Reggae world lost its king; Rastafarianism and Justice lost their greatest hero. Dube left a legacy of essence and wrote an enduring chapter in human freedom. The truth of his message should never be forgotten so that humanity may stand aright. He found the most entertaining way of expressing his thought-provoking emotions. In keeping with his towering legacies, we shall always “remember him”. In the joys of human interactions, we shall always evoke him.

Lucky Philip Dube is not dead; he can never die. He will always live the ideas he had promoted and in our hearts who loved and cherished him – Irie.

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Saving FIFA from Blatter

The world today is beset with two great problems: the problem of terrorism and that of leadership. The spate of terrorism and violence the world over spells doom. Many attempts to contain this have proven to be insufficient and lacking in commitment. From east to west and north to south, the story is the same. Wherever one turns, one is confronted by conceit, presumption, violence and darkness at a time characterized by frightening eruptions of terror and religious intolerance.

The second greatest problem of the world after terrorism is leadership. The world as it is today is darkened by leadership; yet, the world as it could be can only be brightened by leadership. Leadership is a universal phenomenon and the qualities that make a good leader are essentially the same everywhere with fundamental variations as a result of cultural or institutional differences. Whether it is political leadership, students or trade unionism, social or traditional leadership, the tenets of democratic ideals should be the North Star guiding the spirit of leadership!

For the world football governing body, the Federation of International Football Association, FIFA, this is a time when silence is not always golden. As it prepares to elect a new president on May 29, it has a dire need for new and different political phrases and ideological convictions to match the exigencies and drifts of a new FIFA.

FIFA is too big an institution to be trifled with. The aspiration of Sepp Blatter to continue to preside over the body diminishes the immense expanse of FIFA in the scheme of things. Worse still, it darkens FIFA by minimizing the democratic tenets which have been the core yearning and struggle of human nature and human institutions.

Blatter has had his own share of the controversies in FIFA having directed its affairs for 17 years. Two terms in office are enough to exhaust and print one’s bold ideas and vision on the sands of time and give way for others to also step forward into history. Effective leadership is a product of bold ideas and vision! Rather unfortunately, FIFA under Blatter appears fated to be a sad emblem of an institution smeared with corruption and enshrouded by controversy. Blatter ought to be in the vanguard of change in the global football body, insisting on the supremacy and worth of ideas and democratic order over myopism and selfish egostic reasons. The graver effects of Blatter’s tenacious hold to power are discernible with the consequencies of plunging FIFA into cataclysm! More than ever before, the delusion is complete – that FIFA is making progress! Under Blatter’s watch, FIFA has been mired in dark times and is fast sliding into a dismal institution. Besides, it is only in nations and institutions that progressively march backwards that old men with exhausted ideas lead while fresh and robust ideas rot and perish!

Sepp Blatter has been in FIFA for forty years: his first six years was spent as Technical Director; the next seventeen years as Secretary General and the last seventeen as the President, thus fulfilling his expectations. His 1998 election to the highest position in FIFA was mired in controversy just as his re-election bid in 2002 was mired in unprecedented corruption in the annals of FIFA history reaching a high level of despair and anguish. Blatter became too powerful and conquered FIFA completely making it a dancing puppet condemned to his dictates. His antics paved the way for yet another term in office where he was nominated by only 66 out of 207 members in 2007 elections.

Blatter’s many crimes against FIFA are heinous! It is time FIFA was redeemed from his grip. He is no longer fit and credible to continue with its leadership. If anything, when on June 1, 2011 he contested unopposed for his fourth term, his manifesto was that he would never contest again if elected. He suspended some of his opponents who expressed interest in his job and intimidated others to withdraw – an action which was widely condemned. If at this moment he cannot honour his words, he does not deserve to be called a man of honour and should be shown the way out!

His seventeen years at the helm is marked by controversy and corruption, mismanagement of funds and direct acceptance of bribery. Among the latest are his backdoor deal with Michel Platini, UEFA President bequeathing to Europe the right to host 2018 World Cup; and the bribery that led to the success of Qatar in hosting 2022 World Cup! While contending with the cross-currents of internal politics while serving his first term in office, Michel Zen-Ruffinen, then FIFA’s secretary-general chronicled a 30-page record of financial misappropriation in FIFA. These controversies and unprofessional conducts have diminished the magnitude of his worth: he has been heckled repeatedly at important events. His ideas that female footballers should expose their bodies while playing in order to attract male fans was and still is unbecoming of a senile FIFA President!

As 2015 FIFA election hits up, the emerging signals are indications of change and hope. Though the likes of Issa Hayatou, CAF President, who, only a few days ago, amended CAF’s constitution lifting the age limit of presidential aspirants in CAF, thus paving the way for his continued stay in office after 27 years of supervising African football, are strong supporters of Blatter, they will be disillusioned! 54 African members will be voting in the election and when Hayatou announced his support for Blatter, rather than giving him the usual ovation that had previously accompanied such pronouncements, there were murmurs of disapproval and visible indifference from members; a signal that sends a clear message about what ought to be! Hayatou is not too strong a man to give Blatter African votes in block: African members gave him their back and pitched their tent with Blatter’s opponent in 1998; even when he (Hayatou) contested against Blatter in 2002, more than 50% of African members voted against him.

With no fewer than three aspirants contesting against Blatter when the election comes up this month in Zurich, the die is cast; the days of intimidating opponents into silence are gone. History has indicted him and will adversely confront him too! Not even the hosting of World Cup in the African Continent for the first time in 2010 under him will shield him from the reprisals of his falsehood and sham!
                                                               Uchenna Isiani writes from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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Like Nigeria like Uganda

The African continent is at a crossroads lingering aimlessly under the delusion that it is making progress. Our former society of one man for all has turned to a selfish society of everyman for himself and the devil takes the last man. Good governance has long become a victim under the prolonged poor images of leadership that are incapable of inspiring confidence!

Africa is a progressively backward nation with such hideous and harrowing realities that indifferently confront all adversely. From Nigeria to Uganda and elsewhere, the story is the same. What is Africa’s Problem? is the title of a book written by Yoweri Museveni, the incumbent president of Uganda. In it, Museveni wrote emphatically: “The problem of Africa in general and Uganda in particular is not the people but leaders who want to overstay in power.”

He was right. He still is. And to this moment, nothing could be truer than that assertion in the face of the potentially explosive situation which has become our reality as a continent. Today, Museveni has supervised the Ugandan state for twenty-seven years as president. His book was published in 1986, the year he stepped into power and two years after Achebe published his treatise, The Trouble with Nigeria, which also identified poor leadership as the bane of our nationhood!

What is Museveni’s definition of ‘overstaying in power’? African leaders go all out to shape and reshape history to suit their purpose and convenience. Museveni was writing as a great patriot outside the reins of power who was deeply buried in the vanguard of restructuring the foundations of Uganda whose walls collapsed under the tyrannical rule of Idi Amin. The expectations of a stable and politically virile nation at his accession to power did not quite materialise. Today, food crisis is the most ravaging dilemma facing Uganda. Fuel is bought at a cut-throat price. Unemployment ranks the same as in Nigeria. The rule of law is zero and human rights have long become a victim. There is no cheering news in the country to comfort the taxpayers. What is worse, the president, threatened by the manifestations, in parts of the continent, of the desire to break away from the sit-tight syndrome, had banned any form of assembly or demonstration. But with Kizza Besigye, ‘Pastor Tunde Bakare’ of Uganda, leading the downtrodden in a non-violent walk-to-work protest occasioned by the cut-throat fuel price, the jittery president saw through that the impact could give rise to the unsavoury chronicles of the Arabians and started arresting those who walk in the street. Today, it is a crime to walk the streets of Uganda without proper account.

What about corruption? Ugandan government embodies it. The government officials are not corrupt; they are ‘corruption’. That is the most appropriate metaphor to describe them. Just like in Nigeria, the public treasury is squandered without accounting for it. The legislature allocates to itself as much money as it wants. In our country, the billions of naira squandered by the lawmakers are enough to banish unemployment in the country and fix our educational system! But those directly involved in this crime see it differently; they claim that it is only 3 percent of the annual budget they spend and would task us to go after the remaining 97 percent. This saying is self-evident that it is more profitable to teach a man how to catch fish than to continue to provide fish for him to eat. In our emerging democracies, the reverse is the case. It is only in countries like Nigeria and Uganda that the president will spend hundreds of millions of naira to fuel his generator set for a fiscal year and the lawmakers take a fortune for furniture allowance – to say nothing of billions frittered away on wrong motives!

Yes, last week, the Ugandan government approved and released $370,000 (equivalent of £230,000) to buy iPads for the lawmakers, a singular gesture condemned in many quarters as official waste and lack of political direction. Only last year, the lawmakers increased their pay by 38 percent to earn about $9,000 monthly. That was after each lawmaker received $41,000 to buy a car. Yet, the average Ugandan, like his Nigerian counterpart, could scarcely afford himself a satisfying meal! What does Museveni think about his prolonged stay in power vis-à-vis his Africa’s problem? Ugandans ought to be grateful that they live in ‘advanced’ days when his nearly three decades at the helm has made him ‘an expert in governance’. Emmanuel Kirunda, a Ugandan writer, wrote last year: “Our president is wont to remind us that Uganda and South Korea were at the same level of economic development in 1950. Sixty years later, South Korea has produced worldwide companies like LG, SAMSUNG, DAEWOO and KIA. We are yet to produce a pin! And yet, South Korea couldn’t convincingly make the claim we often make of being gifted by nature. What’s our problem? What is Africa’s problem?”

The effect of men on society is different at various times: some have led societies to great heights; others have spelt doom, leading their people to cataclysm, destroying what good that ever was in their bid to satisfy their ego! The Nigerian society – nay, Africa – is doomed by poor leadership that has no hope of emancipating itself. Leadership is a universal phenomenon and the qualities that make a good leader are essentially the same everywhere! Kemal Ataturk became the president of Turkey in 1923. The country’s economy was in ruins following the devastation of WW1. In less than a decade, he rehabilitated the economy to world class. Meiji reshaped Japan’s economy through industrial and agricultural revolution. Roosevelt forsook the capitalist ideal in the 1930s US economic depression to restructure the economy which has become the best today. Winston Churchill made England a different country from what Chamberlain would have done. Lee Yew gave Singapore a future, while South Korea’s developmental strategy was inaugurated by Syngman Rhee. To say nothing of Mazzini and Garibaldi of the Italian state whose likes Italy has never known again.

If the thoughts of these can once again reassure us of the things that outlast our narrow gaze and usher into focus the disillusionment of wielding power with the wrong motives, then our leaders need to descend from their artificial highbrow disposition to take upon themselves the eyes of the world and that ascetic’s benign indifference to fame.

May the image of Nelson Mandela be a source of inspiration to leadership in Africa!

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France24 and the Prejudices of African Football

France24, an international media organization, has continued to manifest its many prejudices against Africa and African football in particular which makes it bereft of its international mindedness. The imaging of African football has become a very big problem for them that they have refused to see any positive side of it. After all, how can the devil be credited with positive values? It is better to recycle the ‘dark continent thing’ and picture everything as dark lest the world thinks that something good is ‘coming out of Nazareth’. To say the least, such disposition is not only racial and discriminatory but also robs the organization of its reputation if it cares for this attribute.

On February 6, 2013 during the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa, a day after Nigeria played and defeated Mali in the semi-final match, France24 in its reportage of the game which was posted on its website www.france24.com said: “Substitute Ahmed Musa scored the fourth goal in the 60th [minute] as Nigeria ended Mali’s hopes of lifting the trophy to bring joy to the fans enduring political instability and conflicts back home”. Mali’s defeat failed to bring joy to their fans enduring political instability and conflicts back home. It is amazing! France24 has taken the responsibility of reminding Africans of their misery. In the same report, it said: “Players had said throughout the week that they wanted to win Wednesday to bring joy to fans in a country engulfed by political turmoil and clashes between French troops and Islamist extremists”. While I do not have a firsthand report of the interview between these reporters and the Malian players, it is doubtful that the players ever said such a thing, “to bring joy to fans engulfed by political turmoil and clashes between French troops and Islamist extremists”. And what do they even mean by that?

This was not the case with BBC and CNN on the same subject. There were no racial memories in their reporting as was evident in France24. Browse its web and you will be assaulted by their reporting of Nigeria’s poor outing in the Confederation Cup tournament held in Brazil and all other events featuring Africa.

It is now clear that France24 ventured into African football coverage and reportage in January because it was entirely an African thing which could be handled anyhow.  For them it is unimaginable for Africa to dazzle the world with her brilliance. The media house started the coverage and reportage of the just concluded Under-17 World Cup held in the United Arab Emirates where Africa’s performance eclipsed that of Europe. It followed the tournament adequately briefing the world of the development. But it was taken aback in the final match. Nigeria’s victory threw France24 into a great confusion that shook the foundation of its strong being that it failed to announce Africa’s victory to the world. France24, an international media organization, refused to say a word about the outcome of a World Cup tournament which it started to follow from day one simply because Africa exceeded its expectation. What would it report to the world? That Nigeria did what? How could it be possible? It was simply better to say nothing and that informed their decision. An event as big as that was an oversight. What a sham!

The imaging of Africa as dark with its entire connotation is as old as Africa itself. Unfortunately, even in the twenty-first century, nothing seems to have changed. Achebe’s essay, “An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness”, is an attack on this Western malaise. Interestingly, the quality of Achebe’s essay earned it a place in The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, one of the most prestigious publications of its kind. The essay was the first work of literary criticism by an African to be included in the publication; a singular work that robbed Achebe of the Nobel Prize for attacking and destroying Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness regarded as one of the first fifty most influential novels in the English tradition. It is unfortunate that the Western media are still in the grip of such prejudices that make them liable to selective reporting and configuration of African image to suit their purpose and convenience.

In his essay, “Before Their Very Eyes: The Imaging of Africa From Conrad to the Contemporary Media” in Africa and World Literature: University of Nigeria Journal of Literary Studies, No. 2 published in April 2002, Nnadozie Inyama, a professor of English at the University of Nigeria wrote: “You go to Granta Magazine (No. 48) and you are assaulted with twenty-four wordless pages of horror – post-genocide pictures of death from Rwanda. And for good measure Paul Theroux gives a lurid account of his stay among the lepers of Mayo in Uganda. [Interestingly] one is yet to see a corresponding wordless picture gallery of the genocide in Kosovo, which is in Europe.” Recently, the ex-British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher passed on. The world knew nothing of the ailment that she succumbed to. Yet, at that same time, the Western media were awash with the day-to-day, if not hourly update on Mandela’s state of health.

The twenty-first century Western media’s pre- and misconceptions are racial and, therefore, worse than slavery. The Igbo have a saying that when you are pointing an accusing finger at a person, the other four fingers are pointing back at you. For us, Achebe has concluded the matter in chapter 8 of his Things Fall Apart: This white skin thing is nothing but leprosy! The question remains as Inyama puts it: [When will this] syndrome allow the Westerner to see Africa differently and accurately, both in fiction and in fact?

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Strangers

Here roll the echoes from silent drums
And the depraved dancers lost their steps
The ignorant actors arrived disillusioned
Only the exiled spectators got the rhythm
In this strange land of ours!

Here we sit lonely and cold
Far away from home
In the fortress of green gate
Only the meek toddle to that sphere of permanence
In this strange land of ours!

By the way fall the weary
The wise to their philosophy cling
The rich to their loot wed
And the fool conquer the castle
In this strange land of ours!

In this strange land of ours
Life is detached
From the shrines of actual existence
And we are here as in arid desert
Squirrels in a blazing forest!

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Nobody

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Nobody knows from which of the abyss
Flows that soul inspiring tune
That permeates your indifferent sense
And moves your involuntary steps to the rhythm.

Nobody saw when time you passed
When Heavens warned
Of unleashing their dark designs
At your daring to engage the unknown.

And like a present from a clown
Nobody spares any thought
On Heavens’ impending wrath
And though, Nobody dances
Nobody lacks the moral courage.

Like an awkwardly dressed-up doll
Nobody stands here
And like a riddle from the other side of Heaven
Man knows only the enigma!

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