DEFALCATION WRITTEN BY JAMES ISSA KANU The LAND stretches her eyes and pictures The beautiful images that describe her features. She has lost the shape Of how she was meant to be. Especially when her breeds have vowed to Cultivate unscrupulous customs That will lead her to the sea. Her eyes engulfed with blood Painfully bleed like an injured bird. Her countenance appears crumpled like A frustrated old chimpanzee She has lived for million years Scrambling to instill LOVE, PEACE, And INTEGRITY in her breeds. But her virtue is downgraded by her kids. What is LOVE? What does it mean to be a patriot? I mean, What is integrity? Integrity is doing what is right. Standing for nothing but for Strong moral principles. Lion mountain needs integrious breeds. Breeds that can breathe out the fraudulent tricks And handle the public sectors With decency and respect. It's high time we started processing our conscience And give ears to the voices of our pillows Our hands have been dishonest Our clandestine syndicates are unclean Our service is vague Our tongues tell the unfaithful truths Our savings are heavier than our wages. Our houses are built with illegal funds. What have we done to pick the bones? Which move do we have in mind To eradicate the massive defalcation? All of us want to reach the limelight. But how many of us that won't play hide and seek? How many of us that'll spare What belongs to the seven million population? How many of us that dance to the whims Of the Scorpion Team? What's our mission? Our mission is to make Sierra Leone Becomes the paradise we see in our dreams. And every breed has to portray INTEGRITY in every facet Because the bridge of integrity has broken. So we must listen because Sierra Leone has fallen. We must stand firm to rebuild The broken edges. So if we care, we must listen. And change our bad ways.
James Issa Kanu, whose pen name is Grammarian, is an English Language and Literature Teacher at Martile International School. He is a poet, playwright, and a public speaker. He has a strong passion for literature. James Issa Kanu headed several student leadership positions during his days at Freetown Polytechnic. He served as President for Sierra Leone Debating Council Freetown Polytechnic Chapter, Minister of Education in the Students Union Government and subsequently voted in as Student Union President. In 2020, he emerged as a 3rd winner in a poetry competition organized by Sierra for Life.