he was wearing a mask
when he walked up to her
like one drunk on Cupid’s wine
‘twas a cute mask, so she said, “yes”…
and Juliet fell for Iago in Romeo’s mask!
she wore her best mask
the day she first smiled at him
when he brought wine and kolanut
and when he kissed her before the pastor…
brother Romeo thought her his own Miranda!
but time wilted the masks
off their faces like snakeskin
as each new day usurped the last…
alas! Juliet relived Desdemona’s fate
and Romeo’s Miranda became Miss Goneril!
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.