Sirs: Portrait of Oppression


Olaitan Humble

(i) Who do we call “sirs?”

a group of messrs 

clowning around a bottle

of brandy with an AK in


a group of messrs

who play Russian roulette

with a crippled beggar.

(ii) Why do we answer “sirs?”

we answer sirs to our fathers’ summon

when they sit at a base for a 

blood drinking spree.

we answer as they take a sip,

& another & another sip of 

our blood in their chalice.

sometimes i answer sir to ma 

also when she robs me of my sanity.

there are many sirs at my home

as neighbors

crying wolf like hadada ibis.

it hurts to admit but I am a sir too,

my father is a sir too,

so is my brother & uncle & dear son,

we are all sirs in a different uniform.

#EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutality #ReformPolice

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