Poem – Broken Temple

By Comfort Mussa

Fire by PenjoI’m just thinking aloud

About the ‘man of god’ who abused a virgin

A virgin whose body was the temple of God

The God, who gives immunity to his servants saying ‘touch not my prophets…


This prophet, is a ‘god of men’

Men, who see only as far as their prophet permits

Permission to be mediocre and blind

Blinded by the Self called and self ordained prophet

Prophet, committing atrocities the cover of I Chronicles 16:22


At 22, she is yet to learn the alphabet of freedom

Say it like it is, without favor or fear.

Fear like I do. That, all of Deuteronomy’s curses will be hurled at me.

Me, another Cameroonian bullied & blackmailed into apathy


Apathy, which allows such injustice to prevail

Veiled by pastors and conniving parliamentarians enjoying immunity

Impunity that we turn the other jaw to

Too nauseated by the blatant impunity we stomach


Stomachs that go hungry & pastorpreneurs wear golden crosses

Our cross, is the burden we bear for untold stories

Stories like the one about the ’men of god’ robbing the nation

A nation, hijacked by politicians & the pastors prophesying new mandates


Mandates, we are too drunk to count

Counting for what? Even the tenth bottle of beer is always the first

First thing we must do is acknowledge we have a problem

– booze, leaders masking darkness as light, silence.


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