not just
hot air
and gaseous

Like it or not
there is oil there
(not in the hills)
but offshore

we are so told
by our emperor
who got a late-night
minister’s phone-call
(is that active citizenry)

Like it or not
a multi-national will
be doing us in
one time more
in the usual way

we who are the
begging bowl
African or otherwise

(what were we
plundered captured
for again)

Like it or not
that is the state
of our young nation
going into the next
revolutionary stage

in all its glory
many a promise
for all to see

(we are transparent
there’s no wall here
to save us from ourselves)

Like it or not