YES OR NO?

Never say “No”! I nod, this story I know Quite well, except the end. I ponder this as I lay in bed A woman is a needle Thrown into an ocean Many will try to cross that hurdle And fulfill the mission To possess a tamed bird I ask. “Is...

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NOT BY MERCY

If I marry you, not of love but of pity, And with you I face the altar to declare this union As a reward for how you‘ve cherished me, My flesh may bond into this sacred institution, But my soul‘s emotion-may never be near! My words may oath with thee,...

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THE AFTERMATH

The hips vibrate and hands clap As the legs clasp and unclasp To sweetened rhythms, sung On this day of extravagance. Hands wow even the Sky Heads joggle in style As drums strike, Out a rhythm for singing thighs Gallivanting in the ‘merrimental’ atmosphere of wedlock, Churning and miming chords...

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KIRIGINA

Ekpein, my son, I once faltered on a palm High up there I almost passed I was dried like pond fish On the altar, back to life, Trying to prepare you for Life’s rungs In the eerie dead of the night I traversed Ogbugo forestscapes Trapping snails and fishes, Tilling...

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TIME CHANGES YESTERDAY

There was no warning, It was pure cunning, So easily, it was stolen, So hard, a heart cries, broken… The seemingly little things, Those tingly sweet-nothings; Oh, how suddenly they fell scarce, And all turned into farce. Little by little, Now and then, Slowly but surely, Trickling so steadily, All...

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FATE OF A BACHELOR

Another roach fell into my tub The story I’d become Growing filth amidst thoughts Residence of symbolism Carried by fingers of a broom Driven by lots of anger Of speed limit, guilty Flung into a corner of ants Battle ground, an unkempt kitchen One eats, the others bite Final meal...

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