Signs Taken for Wonders

They came

with their rod

and showed us signs

that they were God sent.

Laden with the merciful mantle

to lead us to our own promised land;

they showed us signs in your name

and immerse our minds in wonders.

Oh God!

Consider those things done in your name

before they make a total mess

of your divine pedigree.

Commission the axe-handed one,

infuriate him,

let him strike them down with thunder,

summon the war-thirsty one;

arm him;

let him bath in their blood.

Oh God!

Undo those things done in your name

…consider our lot.

Poet’s Bio: Gabriel Bamgbose is a Nigerian writer and critic. He is currently teaching in the Department of English, Tai Solarin University of Education, Nigeria. He is the founding editor of Ijagun Poetry Journal. He is widely published in different academic journals, national and international. Some of his literary works have appeared in The New Black Magazine, The Literary Yard, BareBack Magazine, Sankofa Magazine, Online Nigeria and Ijagun Poetry Journal. Also, one of his poems is longlisted for the 2013 Ghana Poetry Prize and is forthcoming in Prestige Anthology. Contact him at gabrielbamgbose(at)

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