A Hiatus

By Emmanuel Ikuoye

Peace, like flowers, makes our world lovelier than Helen of Troy, 
like a rainbow beautifies our sky, giving rest to our souls.
 
Peace is a planted seed watered with love, 
grown by tolerance of two entities shifting grounds, 
desiring her like a desert pining for rain.
 
Peace, you whose absence midwives chaos, 
unfathomable ruins. Can any nation summit her Everest without you?
 
Come, O mother, calming our
nerves and raging storms,
giving us the wisdom to untie this Gordian knot;
silence the magic maze of howling beasts
in whose claws our world is entangled!

Emmanuel Ikuoye is an emerging poet from Lagos, Nigeria.

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