A HOUSE WITHOUT HOME (a poem by Ayeyemi Taofeek)

Where is the last path on this map? Where does it leads? The end or the beginning of endlessness? I’m exhausted cramming every escape route that leads out of this chink – a house without home – such is a life without laughter. The fleshes of the tortoiseshell-skinned beads of my rosary are now smoothened… Continue reading A HOUSE WITHOUT HOME (a poem by Ayeyemi Taofeek)


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 blocked from celestial overflow of… Continue reading WE HAVE RETURNED

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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 may return. But uncertainty assails… Continue reading HOME


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 called him Àbíkú Predestined to… Continue reading ÀBÍKÚ


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 evangelist Ah! Someone help me… Continue reading A CHILD OF MANY FATHERS