Kenya
Muhammede Eno
Kenya
Prof. Mohamed A. Eno is poet and academician. He is Dean at St Clements University Somalia where he teaches courses in the African Studies as well as Applied Linguistics & TESOL programs; a distinguished senior faculty and researcher in the English Department of ADNOC Technical Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He is the winner of multiple awards in teaching and research, author of various poetry collections and academic publications, co-editor of the Journal of Somali Studies. As well as being reviewer for several renowned academic journals, Prof. Eno has research interests in disciplines encompassing the social sciences and the humanities.   Resisting The Devils’ Dogma   Bare promises by a clique voracious for power Allured foolish men into the depth of dangerous dogma To scheme a depraved communal violence disgraceful Extermination of innocent citizens uncalled for. The devils’ dogma mounted men on military tanks Unrelenting automatic rifles hanging down the shoulders Armored Personnel Carriers on patrol in an environment too calm Suddenly they unleashed explosives onto unwary civilians Shuttering tranquility into turbulence, panic, and bloodshed   How vicious the machine guns those men maneuver Alongside colleagues mad and worst of the maleficent Men with broad heads like oversize bumpkins But brains poorly dysfunctional and defunct Such are the coward men who continually strike At pious congregations praying in the holy houses Such are the men who ambush school kids to ill-fate Like the agents of that beastly onslaught in July   Those butchers! Social betrayers! Unforgiveable the atrocious crimes they commit In the streets of ever-living Istanbul and Ankara Through the alleys of ever-loving Izmir and Antalya They destroy lives, dilapidate hopes, in missions diabolical Spilling streams of precious blood from beloved citizens The young, the old, even the unborn in quietude in the womb Such are the perpetrators who breach the symbol of peace That embodies the love and dignity of this admirable nation   As no amount of propaganda would dare conceal the truth So would no ideology of envy incite a citizen morally devoted As no scale of violence would dare defeat societal want for peace So would no threat of death silence a soul determined against carnage As no intent of sinister plot would dare crumble a people united So could no foreign power demean a living legitimate leadership And, as no hypocrite alien would dare hamper a sovereign state So could no stab in the back drain blood from beloved Turkiye Exodus into the wilderness   First in the west Then in the east Later in the north Last in the south! Unleash the artillery Expunge the enemy out of every hideout Devise the army jets into the blue skies Eliminate the enemy troops in optimal disarray   In crossfire of automatic rifles ruinous Citizens were caught up in chaotic frenzy Sickly gunpowder smoldered into the air Confusion! Frustration! Suffocation! Lo! Violent salvos jostled giant homes Hundreds buried under the debris Leaving thousands deaf and dumb   When hand grenades were hurled From within the home area around us Hugger-mugger ensued every here and there; Past the doorstep lay hungry men deceased Fed on them by millions of fat maggots Survivors of shelling escaped into the wasteland Expeditions to unknown destiny in the wilderness Daring to share shelter with wildlife Than sharing word with warmongers wild     The heartless He who was born hungry For human blood Remains as the heartless that hails From the inhabitable home of the loveless Home of the loveless in the Kingdom of the Heartless He who is habituated to butcher Harmless folks of his own Heeds not harmony in human dignity He who hallucinates helpless lives In every hideous plot he hatches Is he who hails From the Kingdom of the Heartless