MOREMI AJASORO by Ololade Akinlabi

Taking thoughts backward, Reminiscences of ancients; They are lost in memories Pieces left are hymns in holy papers Perhaps, discos are the better dance steps. Taking thoughts backward, Ancient archives plied through wind Whirling wind, in my memory they lodge, Descedants of living sculptures we are We are, offsprings of a heroine; MOREMI AJASORO. Night… Continue reading MOREMI AJASORO by Ololade Akinlabi

SONS OF ALÁGBÈDE by Biodun Alabi

Detail shot of hammer forging hot iron at anvil

We shall rise on this day To dance on this clay For we shall proceed to Àgbède shed And stop all ìfonáfonsu Let the women converge at the square Let them come with ògidì ògùrò Let them sing to us beautiful choruses With a blend of our ancestral dialect We shall dance to the rhythm… Continue reading SONS OF ALÁGBÈDE by Biodun Alabi

ÀWÈRÓ by Ololade Akinlabi

Awero, night before yesterday night Behind the bricks when all eyes Had lost there consciousness And that always smiling spherical shaped thing call the moon splashed light on you Acceleration takes over my blood circulation Deep down my retina, your imagery wallow……. Awero, a night before today’s Right their in your presence Boldness departed my… Continue reading ÀWÈRÓ by Ololade Akinlabi

CARRION FOR THE GODS 3: THE SILENT OBSERVER by Adeosun Oluwapelumi

Drumbeats, Dawn met her again on her rickety stool. Her eyes had seen what her mouth would always whisper; Was it Ashake’s adoption (Aye! That was her name – The one the gods have chosen) Or Alade’s calamitous journey? She had watched the procession Rushed slowly by, Bearing upon their shoulders A blindfolded young man.… Continue reading CARRION FOR THE GODS 3: THE SILENT OBSERVER by Adeosun Oluwapelumi

CARRION FOR THE GODS 4 (Finale): PROPHECY REBOUNDS by Adeosun Oluwapelumi

Drumbeats, The booming voice of the silent gods, Their will has been enacted; Sacrifice was made in flesh, blood And Ashake’s Maidenhead. Alade threw a huge tantrum But the gods were silent And their wills unchanged, Ashake would marry the crown And birth the fame that would shame the lame. The sun arose from its… Continue reading CARRION FOR THE GODS 4 (Finale): PROPHECY REBOUNDS by Adeosun Oluwapelumi

CARRION FOR THE GODS 2: A TRAVELLER’S TRAVAIL by Adeosun Oluwapelumi

Time stretched like acres of farmland And the North star soon lost its twinkle. The dews dropped like soaked balls of fluffy cotton, The day was unproductive like the other. Drumbeats, The voice of the silent gods. The mind is a jumbled heap of despair, The cold ran its strange course along his body. The… Continue reading CARRION FOR THE GODS 2: A TRAVELLER’S TRAVAIL by Adeosun Oluwapelumi

CARRION FOR THE GODS 1: THE SACRIFICE by Adeosun Oluwapelumi

Drumbeats, The voice of the silent gods. Papa is still without, digging trenches And mama fried akara balls At the village outskirt. The insistent pounding of the drum Caused my head to weigh a ton; But papa swift feet seems slow today And mama sharp tongue is muffled by silence. I will answer the call… Continue reading CARRION FOR THE GODS 1: THE SACRIFICE by Adeosun Oluwapelumi