DISTORTION by Gbalajobi Adejuwon

What! The divergence of thoughts and speech The immodesty of promiscuous words, And then our hearts an helpless Pilate, Releasing Barnabas, at the expense of the Just. Man’s unholy devotion, the revelation of his beastly passion, professing love just to break her walls, and lay his hands on her towers....

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FOOLISH ME! by Dominic Ayegba Okoliko

I toil night and day leaving no room for rest; For I thought to myself, ‘Rest is for those whom idleness have impressed’. So I turned an owl at night and a jaguar during the day But who gets to enjoy the toils? When hours of labour take its toils?...

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CHANGE AGAIN by Ifeanyi Akukwe

Ok… Here’s the PARADOX So you raised up your hand. Took that long walk down to the altar. Said a prayer, and they told you were born anew. And you really felt that way. For that day at least, but what they didn’t tell you, what they never tell you...

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SALAAM ALAYQUM by Samuel Amazing Ayoade

Salam holds a glittering sword in his right And a well sharpened matchete in his left He cries for war in the nooks of every crannies Roaring on our streets and panting for blood With speeches decorated with tricks and cunnies Salam Alay’kum, Salam Alay’kum, I have seen peace cry...

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WHAT DO WE DO by Esther Oyebode

When death takes us yonder, and we see that it was not as we dreamt; when life’s breath still made us tweak, what would we do? When we find out that heaven and hell was the old wife’s tale to make us morally upright, and reward and punishment ends while...

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OSU by Ololade Akinlabi

Daughter of Osu, Our father is a prudent squanderer, Spends today prior tomorrow surfaces, ‘Tomorrow shall hold another blessing;’ Hitherto, tomorrow comes with barrenness. And the calabash was bountifully emptied, When rain rained yesterday; As it rained so baba swallowed. Hence, our throats nurtured deserts, Very thirsty, our eyes sang...

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