Must we all go near-deaf and crazy
Just to have light in our homes?
Must we all be noisy at work and home
To have electric power in our power
To put us on the same page
With nations of this jet age?
How gigantic our electric generators are
To prove Nigeria the giant of Africa?
Carbon monoxide is our daily dose
Big and small noses alike
Must take a dose alike
As the poor man with not even
‘ I Pass my Neighbor’
The same dose goes to him and family
In a nation rich with noisy electricity
Making us deaf imstalmentally
And our loved ones dying the quiet death
Courtesy of carbon monoxide bought
With hard-earned money
And the easy free money
That could have done the right thing
And given us noiseless and fumeless power
Come home with me
A place you think for rest
At bedtime my head is banged
With grinding noise of neighbors’ generators
Who relish the light gotten at a price
Of noise and carbon monoxide
And when I buy mine
The noisier our lives will be
The more carbon monoxided our lungs will be
Good luck if we don’t die the bitter-sweet death
Of crowded houses and slums
Shall we thank our electric corporation?
For making us generator-consuming nation
The response depends on you
A poem written to decry the poor electricity power provision in Nigeria.