She came from the hills, eyewitnesses say,
A stick of a girl,
Unassuming, plain.
Clasping a sunken stillness around her shoulders
Walking limply towards the full crowd,
A hapless saint, certain to live out her journey.
That market day,
Soon all around her beamed with light and
A burst of spiritless bodies tossed in the air,
Spectators and the suffering stunned in mid-chaos of
Collapsed stalls, mangled parts and earth,
Spread crudely in blood and crushed fruit.
There was splitting screams, loud wailings and
The irreparable silence of a girl
Burnt to memory.
Later that day, the passive news reports
Full of muddled figures,
Bore little confirmation, conflating confusion and
The wretchedness of postmortem outrage.




Post image is an adaptation of a photograph by Surian Soosay via Flickr.

About the Author:

Portrait - IsaHajo Isa is a poet, photographer and soap maker. She is the Author of two books of poems titled Shadow Fall and Dancing Tongues. Hajo Isa lives in Abuja. You can reach her on Twitter: @Aitadi

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I'm finishing up a phd at Duke University where I study African novels, which I believe are some of the loveliest things ever written. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

4 Responses to “The Child Bomb  | by Hajo Isa | African Poetry” Subscribe

  1. obakanse lakanse 2016/09/07 at 2:03 am #

    ilove your narrative style-a poetics i have been advocating for years.with guys like you the future of nigerian poetry is bright

  2. Abubakar Sulaiman Muhd 2016/09/08 at 8:28 am #

    Touching, it cruelly paints how events run after each incident?

  3. Oluwaseyi G. Abidoye 2016/09/12 at 1:52 pm #

    What appeals to me about this poem is the bold abandoning of norm, and the strong free expression.

  4. nhlanhla 2016/09/27 at 8:01 am #

    I loved it too, great work.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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