Their bodies lie rotting
In mass graves all over the land!
Their ghosts ignited
Les villes mortes,
Infamous ghost-town operations,
Civil disobedience movement,
Last ditch battle with vampire politicians
That brought economic life
To a virtual standstill
Unsung heroes of No Man’s Land
Doggedly refused to throw in the towel,
Man no die, man no rotten!
Symbol of feminine stoicism,
Joined the processional dirge,
Baying for the blood of knock-kneed Mbivodo!
Bereaved families consulted
Many more went to seek occult fortification
From the mami-wata[vii]
Aquatic inhabitants of
And Lake Nyos,
To what intent?
Smoke shrieky-voiced Mbiya Mbivodo
And his Ali Baba Gang
Out of the Shit House at Etoudi,
Den of compulsive chop-broke-potters!
Hell-bent on crippling the nation
Via necromancy and megalomania
Through kleptomanic gerrymandering.
The downtrodden chanted:
Mbiya is really up to something!
He must go!
Facing Mount Cameroon,
Chariot of the gods,
The wretched of the earth roared:
Red card for Mbiya Mbivodo!
In Bafoussam and Bafang,
In Loum Chantiers Gare,
In Penja and Dibombari,
In Nkongsamba and Kake,
Insensed rioters sang freedoms songs:
Liberté eh, eh!
Liberté eh eh eh eh !
Dieu tout puissant ah ah!!
Nous serons libres bientôt!
In Nkambe and Wum,
In Bamunka and Babessi,
In Bamali and Babungo,
In Bambili and Bambui,
In Bali and Babanki,
In Kumba and Barombi Kang,
Disillusioned protesters chorused:
Liberty, oh, oh!
Liberty oh, oh, oh, oh!
All-powerful God, ah ah!
Soon we’ll be free!
But the Man,
Being no spring chicken
He sneaked incognito
Into the equatorial forest
To obtain from his pygmy tribesmen
Megan[ix] which he carries on his body
Day in day out,
At night and in broad daylight,
In bed and out of bed,
As backup for his European-tailored
In his peregrinations
Through the ghost nation he claims to govern.
GHOST TOWNS OPERATIONS…
Towns haunted by ghosts of victims,
The ghost of Eric Takou,
Phantoms of freedom fighters,
Cut down by bullets fired by
Soldiers and gendarmes[x]
Phantoms haunt this land in perpetuity.
The brutal killing of innocent kids
Shocked women who exposed their cunts
To the blood-thirsty killers of their offspring,
Protesting the murder of innocent victims
The corpse of Takou,
Paraded in a pousse-pousse[xi]
By irate inhabitants of Douala
Deposited at the doorstep of his assassin
[iv] Group of elderly women participating in a protest
[v] Muslim from the north of
[vii] Female water spirits who, from time to time, come to torment men.
[x] Police officer in francophone