“Once Upon A Night”


Once upon a Night,
I was seating with the old knight
He had just arrived from the battle
And he’s body was filled with mantle

I started talking with speed,
He was rather not ready to talk about the creed
My own heart was pumping with anxiety
His was just asleep with amnesty

A man filled with cold blood on his hands
And an innocent teenager with no hands
He could sing the melody of gunshots
But all I knew was mere child’s plays

He had seen corruption at its highest levels
I only knew about was missing pennies
He fears what the country has to offer him
But I fear what I had to offer the country

We were told We were the leaders of tomorrow
Has tomorrow not arrived yet?
Why are there still retired men of the knights
Ruling and dictating our own human rights?

For when tomorrow comes, Wake me up
Maybe I can change them from bottom to top
But until then
I walk and work only to serve God and be in heaven.

Poem Analysis:
This is a satirical poem written by @peterhaloway In the poem, he ridicules the current political system in Nigeria (1999-till date) he sees it as one controlled by only a few sect of people.
The Old Knight is this poem refers to retired soldiers of the Nigerian Army who had already been awarded high ranks, this he expresses in line 4

“And he’s body was filled with mantle”

In stanza 2, the poet persona wants to know a lot about what brought the downfall of his country, but he knowing the truth wasn’t ready to speak.

“A man filled with cold blood on his hands
And an innocent teenager with no hands
He could sing the melody of gunshots
But all I knew was mere child’s plays”

Here, the coup d’art’s that brought him and many of his colleagues into power is shown. During 1966-1999 there were series of Military coup d’art that brought several military rulers into office.

“He had seen corruption at its highest levels
I only knew about was missing pennies
He fears what the country has to offer him
But I fear what I had to offer the country”

During the military regimes, there was serious and inevitable corruption amongst the various rulers that took turns through coup d’art’s. Here he reveals it as the Old Knight had seen corruption in his highest levels, whereas, the boy was a poverty stricken boy who found it had to feed on pennies.

In line 15,
“He fears what the country has to offer him”
He looks at the greed that’s still in the hearts of the military rulers who ruled then under one province or the other and still want to get into government after they’ve retired. Amongest a few who were military men and are still active in government practices are; Sen. David Mark (Senate President), Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (President 1985-1993), Muhammed Buhari (President 1982-1985) and a host of others. Just in the 2011 Presidential elections, Muhammed Buhari was the candidate of CPC (Now in APC) and he’s still showing interest in the “War of Valentines day 2015”.
The boy in return is afraid if he can still contribute a quota into the society since these Knights won’t just retire. This he expresses in lines 17-20,

“We were told We were the leaders of tomorrow
Has tomorrow not arrived yet?
Why are there still retired men of the knights
Ruling and dictating our own human rights?”

Finally, he his left to live by his faith, since he is powerless, but he hopes if he can get the chance, he can change things from bottom to top.

” For when tomorrow comes, Wake me up
Maybe I can change them from bottom to top
But until then
I walk and work only to serve God and be in heaven.

In line 22, he puts religion over everything and believes even with all the mishaps, he will serve God and hope to have eternal peace in heaven.

Thanks for taking time to read my poem, I hope you loved it. If you do, just leave a comment below. Takia and come back for more.

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