Matthias Pantaleon

Freshman - 567 Points (August 24,1984 / Oronija Island, Nigeria)

Back In The Days Ii - Poem by Matthias Pantaleon

Gone‘re the days when men of honest living
Were living legends
When the wealth of men were measured by the depth of their wisdom
And the gods feared

Gone‘re the days when truth feels good and hard work pays
When men were men
Cities built on gold; legends forge
And women knows how to kneel and when to peel

Gone are the days when palm wine has values
And the tides knows their place
When yam was the king of the farm
And lion a ring leader
But those were yesteryears

Today
We live by the creed of guns
Men chasing shadows that refuses to be caught
Streets littered with bloods of martyrs and tyrants alike
Men attending funerals of their grand children

Women becoming bed winners and bread takers
Morals a social leper
Religion a swift bomber
School a time waster

Only yesterday were on track
Alas, we lost our way home


Poet's Notes about The Poem

THE PAST AGAINST THE PRESENT

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, March 27, 2014


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