Come civilisation, go moral written by Isaac Somto - The Isaac Somto Foundation

  • Come civilisation, go moral written by Isaac Somto

    Our fathers called us into their chambers
    To advise us to drink with caution the wine which the whites had brought.

    We tasted this wine with our eyes widely opened, and it's sweetness refreshed us
    We closed our eyes forgetting the advise of old.
    We asked, “what is the name of this sweetened wine that has filled our mouths with praises”
    “Civilisation” the men with white skin answered

    With time it had undergone secondary fermentation and become alcoholic
    Like a palm wine which has grown yeasts, lactic and acetic acid

    Intoxicated by the wine, we now speak in tongues
    We now speak words our fathers never heard
    “marriage is not an achievement” we shout at top of our voice
    “we must taste him before marriage” the humans with breasts now sings

    Civilisation now wears a G-string and walks around with an open chest
    Luring men with her words of deceit and laying with them
    At first she birthed good seeds, but now she's bringing forth children whose aim is to destroy our culture and morals
    She's pregnant with a child, a child we shall call “childism” when delivered
    Her recent child has grown so mighty that it holds harmless traditions like “bride price” in it's scrotum

    Civilisation has forced naked truths to put on garments and hide from the world for we no longer acknowledge her nakedness.
    Like the biblical wisdom, moral calls in the market place but she's different from wisdom, she has been stabbed and left to cry alone.

    The song which we know about the two black birds, named Peter and Paul has become
    There are two black birds sitting on a tree, one named Civilisation, one named Moral, come civilisation fly away moral.

    He who has ears, let him ear, and he who has eyes let him see the message passed in this poem.

    The Isaac Somto Foundation accepts works only from/about African writers at home or abroad. Set out to add your voice to the gathering thunder.


    Abuja, Nigeria


    +234 8117 918435