President Muhammad Bukhari, get well soon.
People who want him dead, get well soon.
Because he is sick, must you then be sick?
And for haired-heads, is it a sin to fall sick?
If no, why the swirling and buzzing noise,
Pilotedly parroted by sentimental tongues?
If no, why the deep and deafening silence
earthed under the borderline of alien land?
Whichever it is, on this T-junction we stand,
Like an elderly cock sitting on the palm tree,
Watching how the sun scorches deeper –
Hardening the clay and melting the butter…
Watching how the rain wet the earth; making bitter
the bitter leaf and sweetening the sugarcane…
Author: Ayeyemi Taofeek
Ayeyemi Taofeek Kehinde fondly called Aswagaawy is the author of “Oro n Bo: Dripping Words” (a poetry collection). He is the First Runner-up of the BPPC September 2017 and February 2018; Winner, PoeticWednesday Anniversary Contest, 2018; First Runner-up of Okigbo Poetry Prize (University of Ibadan, 2016), 4 times winner, PIN Monthly Poetry Challenge among other coveted prizes and awards. He has been published in Authorpedia, The Quills, The Pengician, Tuck Magazine, Inspired Magazine, Peregrine Reads et al.
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