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Another 365

FOREWORD: In the fight against terrorism in Nigeria, sometimes, we get so wrapped up in the politics of it, the scourge of Boko Haram and the plight of the victims, that we forget – sometimes – the suffering of those left to mourn the lost souls.

The poem you’re about to read is the aggrieved outpouring of a friend, who lost his brother to the bloody business of the war against Boko Haram. This brother was not a hapless victim of a bombing. He was not abductee. He was a member of the Nigerian Army, who lost his life while fighting to make Nigeria just one more minute safer from the violent acts of insurgency. His name was Lt. Utibe Ekong, and the following is a tribute to him following his death a year ago.

Read and reflect.


Another 365

Another tear I’d never ever shed

Not a smile I’ll let so wide

The sound of guns

‘Ricochet, ricochet!’ They said it will

I feel it, this pain! I cannot tell


Whose blood is this?

It’s not mine, I know

Promise it’s not mine

It’s stretched beyond the mould of mangled forms

Mix dust and dirt of earth beneath

“Oh! Whose hand is this!” I screamed

I am mixed in the mould of forms beneath


Just a day… Not a gain

I pray with hope this life is gone

These holes, the hole you lie in, I know

They promised it will go away

To join you someday I can but pray.


365 again, and now 1.

Written by Ese Ekong

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Walt Shakes(@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter.

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  1. So sad, may his soul rest in peace

  2. God rest him!

  3. I believe he’s in a better place. Bless!

  4. May His Soul Rest In Perfect Peace As He Strived To Ensure Peace Here On Earth…

  5. I am truly and gravely sorry for your loss Ese, that I dunno what words I can concoct to make your pain go away! But, I pray the Good Lord in His infinite mercies and loving kindness, to give you and all your loved ones the fortitude to bear your brother’s irreparable loss! You’ll be mighty fine you’ll see! Thanks for sharing this heart-wrenching piece and God bless and keep you and your household IJN, Amen! *hugs*

  6. Thank u so much Y’all

  7. He is a hero…no words can take the pain away. but knowing that there are people who care about the way you feel can help with the pain. we really do care…stay strong. may God comfort your hearts and help you each day to deal with the loss.

  8. ❤❤❤

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