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TENSIONS by Victor Igiri

… 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!

Hours later,

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.

bad smells,

breath and black teeth’s…

Unchanging LAGOS!

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.

At Twilight!

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.

Again, Piecesized!

bones, cracked and almost falling…

…Backs down again to bed,

brains remodeled to rise at four Am as always,

Awful Earth!

How long, this mess?

This ‘rat race’,

This caging,

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,, 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.

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