Read Time:50 Second [Babatunde]
The end of day
Is the birth of dawn: fresh hope,
Heralded by yowling.
This effusion of grief – superimposed by
Tinny voicing, a cry:
Father is back –
Father is back again!

‘Tis ample comfort that suspends grief,
Neutral emotional platform
As a worn shell is laid away.
The man that would not die
Has come to live again.

The Box is now a cot;
Dirge – a lullaby;
Balm – fragranced oil;
Shroud – nappies and fur.

The father is now the son:
Infant on my knee
I shall gaze often into
The windows of your soul,
Searching for the man
That was and is –

Was that a gurgle
Or an effusion of wisdom?

* In the Yoruba culture, the name ‘Babatunde’ is given to a male child born shortly after the death of an elderly male. It is believed that the elder is reincarnated in the child.

Written by: Toby Ogundiran
Edited by: Kukogho Iruesiri Samson

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  1. Saatyaki S/o Seshendra Sharma – Hyderabad : Telangana State : India – Saatyaki S/o Seshendra Sharma 55 Years M.A (Political Science) J.N.U: New Delhi: India Publisher & Coordinator Living: Hyderabad: Telangana State: India , 07702964402 , 09441070985 “Kaasyashcha parameswasaha sikhandeecha mahaarathaha Drishtadyumno viraatascha Saatyakischaaparaajithaha” -Bhagavat Gita-Chapter-1/17 sloka
    Saatyaki So Seshendra Sharma says:

    Wow it is full of passion and poignancy. Keep it up

    1. Kukogho Iruesiri Samson – Abuja, Nigeria – I am a media professional with experience in multimedia journalism, book publishing, content creation, web management, public relations, media relations, social media management, and client relationship management. My interests include multi-platform content creation and management, media relations, digital and print publishing, and youth-oriented social services. I am open to middle-level positions in organizations that encourage innovation.
      Kukogho Samson says:

      Thank you for reading Sir. Its a culturally rich poem.

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