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Saturday, May 15, 2021


by Joseph Hope

“peace” by Shahid Atiq at toonpool.

The body would prefer perfume to real bullets.
Prefer water to tear gas.
Prefer flowers to rockets.
Prefer anything that will not kill it 
to what can.
Ask the dead!
Brokering peace is better than taking a side.
Whether it's 
Palestine vs Israel or
Allah vs Jesus or 
White vs Black or 
Jews vs non-Jews
peace will still remain the only cure to conflicts.

Joseph Hope is writing from Nigeria, a student of Usman Danfodio University. His works are either forthcoming or already published in Reckoning Press, Evening Street Press, Zoetic Press,  The New Verse News, Praxis Magazine, Gemini Spice Magazine, Spillwords, SprinNG, Writers Space Africa, Nthanda Magazine, 5th Chinua Achebe Anthology, Ariel Chart, Best "New" African Poets 2019 Anthology, and many more. He's a young man running away from his name. How absurd! He tweets @ItzJoe9