WE HAVE RETURNED

We have returned, From a no-named world where skinny brown trees of muse bore trite words to feed starved lungs The performance of golden sandstorms Roasted-looking leaves rise and fall in obedience to the rotten wave For two full moon, my pallid pen lodged in this world where writers are...

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HOME

In my imaginings of home, Place and identity, a door opens. And I see the old country, The one I left behind. The house at that dusty Street Where memories are located Stares at me; its eyes impassive. When I left years ago, I left the door unlocked So I...

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ÀBÍKÚ

I pay obeisance to all Málọmọ́ To all Kòkúmọ́, to all Kúdáyísí…… When the lion roars All animals keep calm When a cock crows Its members accompany it When gángan drum sounds Both old and young dance to it When Àbíkú displays The whole household is thrown into confusion They...

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A CHILD OF MANY FATHERS

Daddy must not know Mama must not hear I’ve bitten more than I can chew! What will I tell mama? I made my beauty a god A lesser one than money I worship Nightly vigils on different beds I, ace chorister in the church Father is a pastor Mother an...

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MAMA’S BANGA SOUP

How joyful a boy I am When I eat Banga soup with pounded yam; When Mama appears from the market With her palm fruit-filled basket How cleverly she prepares the chicken And chops up the pumpkin leaves As she washes to cook the palm nuts, I make ready the cooking...

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ONE SLAP TOO BLOODY

Once upon a time… I remember something From when I was still young Yes, I think its a warm feeling I remember love, within our family A bond that was very strong My mother… She is a dark, beautiful With a gentle smile She moves gaily, talks softly Almost silent,...

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A FATHER INDEED

A Father is a friend Who understands our weaknesses and weariness Yet promotes our strength and song He sticks closer than a brother. A Father is the Authority Who lives by example Demands discipline though it pains He walks with us through the desert. A Father is a Treasure of...

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