The African Dictator

By Michael Aete

Have you ever heaped up
all the possible disgusting wastes
from a high-level hospital

Enhanced their richness with gonococcal pus
and wastes from the excruciating wounds
of syphilis and chancroid

The pig shall rummage
and suck all the filth
but its colon shall remain untamed

The vulture is endowed
even with a much more
resilient colon;
It shall withstand cholera, dysentery,
papilloma virus and Ebola

But I am deficient in words
adequately massive and burdensome enough,
chock-full and sufficiently excruciating
to bleed out the venom
that the African dictator
sucks his arrogance and inhumane
tendency from

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