Treasure Island

Babatunde Aremu


State Pardon


Our father's goat
Has eaten our father's portion
So, pardon all the goats
The state is theirs.
No matter the gravity
Of their offence,
It does not matter
How many have transited
Due their past brigandage
Just pardon them.

Pardon them, they are bigmen,
Pardon them due to their connections,
Grant them pardon because of political ties
After all they are our kinsmen.
Pardon all the looters, criminals, armed robbers
Grant the terrorists amnesty
Let's give all criminals state pardon
Until we create saints out of 'Judases'

Submitted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Edited: Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Strange things do happen. The most populous nation in Africa recently granted state pardon to ex-convicts who looted the nations treasury. What a bizzare!

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  • Ruth Walters (3/27/2013 5:58:00 AM)

    It's dog eat dog out there and this poem brings it home, makes people think about it but most of them don' t have a voice or strength to do much about it which is very sad. (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Di''anno (3/14/2013 2:12:00 PM)

    Ah you think that's bizzare in England the state steals our children.
    Poisons our food and water.
    Hides the sun.
    Taxes everything, even our empty bedrooms.
    Funds and participates in illegal wars.
    Encourages division and attempts to stifle love.
    It pardons the behaviour of those responsible and blames the innocent victims of it's manipulated reality.
    That's not the bizzare bit though.
    The bizzare bit is that we let them do it.
    Nice poem Babatunde. (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (3/14/2013 9:15:00 AM)

    Satiric poem. I love your brevity of expression and your straightforwardness.Kudos! (Report) Reply

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