THEN WILL MY PEN CEASE

With my feather and inkwell I’ll express my state of mind On my scrolls I’ll pen my bitterness towards mankind Until respect and tolerance is shown to womankind Ne’er will my feather wither, ne’er will my ink cease Until that cruel man stops being a dictator And to her, he’s...

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BEGGAR WITHOUT CHOICE‏

You; Sweet as the rose, Fair as the lily, Slender like the sugar cane stalk, Voice like the robin’s, Crowned like the palm… Why are you then A beggar without choice? Paw-paw envies your jugs, Elephant eyes your rump, Peacock hides her plumes, Nightingale goes mute …Even the wind pauses!...

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LAMENTATIONS OF CONJUGAL LOVE

We dare not tell them or shall we? That our marriage is a mirage. We now live with false hopes and promises! We dare not tell them or shall we? That our home is a painted sepulcher, Where putrefying corpses are? We dare not tell them or shall we? That...

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A BACHELOR’S RETORT

Pretty hands, I should, in marriage, take Yet I hesitate, to such declaration, make Question is, if marriage is considered cool Why then is divorce woven into its spool? I shall marry. I’d promised myself this one I shall endeavor to make mine full of fun If it’s about food,...

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WOMAN, MAN… (a poem in parts)

I.    WOMAN Inherent in every woman is the desire To nurture and behold the fruit of her womb The kicks within her belly give her pain and pleasure With inquisitive gaze she looks into the future The thought of concealed gift floods her mind II.    MAN You creature unfeeling as...

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HATEFUL LOVE

Oh hateful love Why do you embrace my generation? Who brought you to Blackman’s world? You were not here in the days of fathers When a daughter’s virginity was the family’s pride And the eager bridegroom pays the debt – One full keg of frothy palm-wine – The first morning...

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PUNCHING BAG

I’m now your punching bag Me, the woman you promised To be with forever Late, you come home Roaming about with bottles To smash on my head when query you Now you call me a witch The woman you swore To protect all your life See my cheeks Molded by...

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MANHOOD

Manhood is not a rite, Until we get manhood right; A true man should be a father Ready to love his children’s mother, Not a sexual predator, But a loving protector, Not some disembodied appetite, Winning an imbalanced fight. Mothers raise your children to be men With true respect for...

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YEI TARI ERE

Eni Garenghan imele fiyai kuro owou zi yein eni ebi ayoro mai weri idoiye gba e Sia kurai bode yo Imene san emiekirigha Igeri fa ifiyekpo I eweri iyou mughan Ekpo numu were emi o Kimise amien miniyo Tagh, nimi ye E zini ere nana bo igbolo moghan fa E...

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RESPECT

As a gift, I received you As a burden, I bore you As a nanny, I nursed you As a teacher, ways of God I taught you As a provider, I stood for you As a counselor, I advised you As a supervisor, I instructed you As a subordinate, I...

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