… with eyes still offloading yesterday’s
affliction he sprouts before the cock yawns,
robes out flawlessly in multiple sighs,
wings swiftly like the eagle though in legs in this unripe morn
But who cares anyway, come rain, come shine,
so long he meets the Lord’s demands!
He wars his way through in stretched queues for bussing,
a domain more of a sick bay where impatience
kings daily, or
At other times, travel with rogues who hiss
their venoms brewed in marijuana.
breath and black teeth’s…
Long last he is job home but as always
He is boyed around, and in most times, smashed
by uncultured juveniles the king
But he MUST be hallowed if meals, fat or lean
will stay atop tables:
if not his, his dependents,
Or to escape the sword mouthings of inertial at least.
Night falls once more!
He is Tired!
Headached and unjuiced!
Same tale this day,
WEEK long and perhaps, Sabbaths inclusive,
And just for kwashiokred coins that burns flesh
more on the highway he hunts time again and more.
This corporate hustler, NO, slave I think.
He Returns to BRT or Danfo …
stand through or sit Three and Four hours long
in habitual gridlock,
To rest, home he travels to his marginalized quarters or haven .
Tensioned! He retires in grave earth.
bones, cracked and almost falling…
…Backs down again to bed,
brains remodeled to rise at four Am as always,
How long, this mess?
This ‘rat race’,
And his battle should he behold?
How soon will honey grow from
the centuries of tears?
Passion or Pension,
Self caging or FREEDOM
The choice is yours to make.
This poem reflects the agony of paid employment especially with the Lagos employee
Author: Victor Igiri
Victor Igiri is an award- winning Nigerian poet and essayist, and a writer based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a creative entrepreneur who aims to “die empty” leveraging on his skills and talents to create positive impact on earth. He is a poet contributor for Independent Newspaper, Lagos, Wrr.ng, Nigerianmasterweb.com and a host of other websites where he shares his poems and inspirational articles. He is the administrator of Purpose Driven Youth Network, a website and Facebook page that is aimed at inspiring people, especially the youths and teenagers in making impact in life.
His poems have been anthologized in various spaces; nationally and internationally.