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LOUD WHISPERS: This Sacred Land

LOUD WHISPERS: This Sacred Land

(For Odia Ofeimun) Last week, a friend of mine dug up an old poem I wrote a few years ago and circulated it on Whatsapp Platforms. According to him, the poem is very relevant to what is happening in the country today and Ekiti in particular. I wrote the poem in 2010 for the 60th […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Day The Devil Came To Drink Water

LOUD WHISPERS: The Day The Devil Came To Drink Water

Last week when I wrote the article ‘The Float Truck’, I mentioned a poem I wrote a few years ago called ‘The day the devil came to drink water’. It was inspired by events related to electoral activities between 2007-2009. Someone asked me a few days ago why I have not shared the poem on […]

One Fine Day

One Fine Day

One fine day I shall walk with my head held high My back ever so straight My strides long and purposeful One fine day As I take my walk My hips will swing from left to right With absolutely no thought of cellulite My breasts will have a dose of sanity And disobey the laws […]

The Moment (Barack Hussain Obama’s Inauguration)

The Moment (Barack Hussain Obama’s Inauguration)

The moment of Obama’s inauguration Was a fluke of fate written for the nation It was a moment to be cherished For all citizens including the perished It was a moment that brought glory For abandoning the discriminatory It was a moment that scribbled in history And will be every child’s bed-time story It was […]

Phenomenal Woman

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m […]

“A Falling”

“A Falling”

A thud and a Yellowy presence. Before that It was the gentle wave and weight of the wind That brought you. We are not talking gold here: Liquid yet self-assured and tough Tactile and malleable Restless, rust-less, regal, Forever found, never lost. My Sister, it’s about yellow. Modest, organic, Soft as the music that played […]

“I Want You to Know”

“I Want You to Know”

Micere Mugo is a Kenyan scholar, playwright and activist.   I want you to know how carefully I watered the tender shoots you planted in my little garden. Flowers now adorn the ground the fruits are ripe Come bring a strongly woven basket and bring with you also the finest palm wine that your expert […]

If—

If—

If you can keep your head when all about you     Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,     But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,     Or being lied about, don’t deal in […]

“Dust to Dust”

“Dust to Dust”

There are women left who have no rage in their wrists As they slice greens or skin tomatoes towards mealtime. Their husbands are at the beer-gardens with Family money – what would amount to a bag of beans Or soap bars.   There are women who keep both lips quietly touching, Even as they gesture […]