Prophetic poetry and majestic guns of the Chadian liberators


Smoke billows from burning tyres during clashes between opposition demonstrators and Chadian police in N’Djamena on April 27, 2021.

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Can poetry, or verse, foretell the future? Since I am an obviously interested party, I will not rush into a yes or no answer. Rather, let me start by sharing with you a piece of verse that I wrote just over 30 years ago. I called it “Chad ‘90”, and I present it here in two paragraphs of “prose”, just to cheat the editor. Here we go.


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