Category: Poem

Agbe

Agbe ALUKO I say Agbe ko gbere tomi wa Aluko ko gbere pade mi… I call it quits with sloshful tears For a new wave of a hearth With the rising suns… With the rising suns… I mourn the rugged days of chaos tinted with sobs… I mourn the family enclave of a great father ….  Read More

THEY DWELL IN BANANA REPUBLIC

THEY DWELL IN BANANA REPUBLIC They dwell in Banana Republic And fly up their flags hoisted In the strength of asherah poles To entice the innocent souls… It’s an amalgam of powers In the crucible of force And the heavy purse of mammon… When they have grown Like Eli the priest and sons On the ….  Read More

This time around

This time around-I say A man does not fall From a high iroko tree From the tour ei8ffel And burrows into the bowels of the earth Someone say I saw ken saro-wiwa  in London Someone Say I saw ken saro-wiwa in new York Someone say I saw ken saro-wiwa in Chicago I know he lives ….  Read More

To my ancestor poet

TO MY ANCESTOR POETS Tchicaya is gone With his crutches Leaving me in a dither… Okigbo is gone With his uncertainties And the thunder claps of munitions And his metallic gongs of war… Rabearivelo is gone Drenched in infatuations Playing in casinos Of the netherwelt… Diop is gone With a voice of iron With a ….  Read More

T.A TANURE OJUYIDE

NEWS YOU DWELL IN CHARLOTTE AS MOUNTAIN POET New tell you dwell in charlotte as mountain poet And with a haversack of Caribbean and African literature With bursting seams of the connoisseur Flying full mast the pennants of this country… How can I sing the protagonist of concerto for an exile. Without the lyricist and ….  Read More

Letter of tenderness

On this very spot I met you in November Waiting for a medal After the embittered struggles An untenable promise I made Reeking with tears Amid the countless shuttles Between Calabar and Uyo I tasted a culture So savoury and sweet Amid the Calabar people Houses lost in the forest Amid the communal land Men ….  Read More

DILIGENCE for RAUF ADEBAYO

Tirelessly you work out your lungs like grandfather’s clock In the consultancy office of the Secretariat Pepping up my spirit of lethargical clay… I saw with sadness the toy and melancholia In your apple eyes of dredged tears You saw in the poet of elephant might The genius wasting away in the dregs of oblivious ….  Read More

AND FOR THIS PAIN

AND FOR THIS PAIN AND FOR THIS PAIN IN THE HEART OF NIGHTS AND FOR THIS SORROW IN THE HEART OF NIGHTS AND FOR THIS SCREAMING IN THE HEART OF NIGHTS AND FOR THIS SLEEPLESSNESS IN THE HEART OF NIGHTS AND FOR THIS WHITE LIE OF RITUAL MURDER IN THE HEART OF NIGHTS AND FOR ….  Read More

THE VIRGIN DAUGHTER OF BABYLON

I know she was querulous like a chatterbox And ladled out does of scriptural morals Yet in closets worshiped Baal And I had believed her hitherto She was a lousy puritan The Lucifer incarnate of the netherwelt I unravelled her cabals of nascent deals The staccato of water drips And gory incantations on embers of ….  Read More

The monster of a weird sister liaised

The monster of a weird sister liaised With destroyers to show the foes my hideout Covered with the dew spider webs of faith It is pretentious the inanity of the evil of her soul… It’s all a calculated scheme for wreckage and destruction I stand tall beyond the cloudy hours with hopes of the mountain ….  Read More