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without the comfort of a shoe
he came as the missing clue —
less one reason to worry
“O, crown him! Hurry!”

this fishing jonathan
can’t kill a spartan!

his land lies shekaued
covered in iboric shroud
pdp-ed and apc-ed at wheel
in reverse goes the nations will

if one good turn deserves another
a bad turn deserves what? I wonder!

today Jo x-marks the 57th calendar
we think ‘transformation agenda’
he thinks a second ascension
and pays us no attention

the immigration thing
did any of you win?

this land is thorny
boko is blood horny
ah, why did we choose
a man who had no shoes?

my people, if forward we must go
let’s buy 57 birthday shoes for Jolly Jo

Written by Kukogho Iruesiri Samson and first published here: 57 BIRTHDAY SHOES FOR JOLLY JO


Author: Kukogho Iruesiri Samson

KIS, author of two poetry collections, ‘WHAT CAN WORDS DO?’ and ‘I SAID THESE WORDS’, is an award-winning Nigerian writer, photographer, and media professional with experience in journalism, PR, publishing and media management. In 2016, he was listed in Nigerian Writers Awards’ list of 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL NIGERIAN WRITERS UNDER 40. The same year 2016, he won the Nigerian Writer’s Award for ‘Best Poet In Nigeria 2015.’ he had also won the Orange Crush 1st Prize for Poetry in 2012.
He is the CEO of Words Rhymes & Rhythm LTD.

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