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You are at your desk at work
and by your arm sits a jar
of your favourite cookies.
You reach in, pull one out
and make it delight your mouth
then reach in, pull another out
make it delight your mouth
while you work work work work work
so you dip in to pull one out
it’s empty! The jar is empty!
you ate the last piece
without knowing it.

and it’s a terrible feeling
a sudden hurtful terrible feeling
that hits like a rock
or a kick in the groin
or the end of the world
a loss, forever lost.

If you had a warning
you would have nibbled
the last piece lovingly
with the solemn knowing
of a final goodbye
but you had no warning.

Call your mother now
(or whoever you have left).

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Tolu Akinyemi

Tolu' Akinyemi was born in Akure, the capital city of Ondo State, Nigeria.

His writings have appeared in a number of notable anthologies such as 'Verses From The Sun', an Association of Nigerian Authors anthology, 'A Way With Words' (2014 & 2016), a Great British Write Off Anthology and other printed and online outlets. His poetry play 'The Big Society'; written for The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, London was performed at The Greenwich-Lewisham Young People's Theatre, London. In 2017, he was named on the 'Nigerian Writers' Awards' list of '100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers under 40' and also won the 'Poetry Writer of the Year' Award. In March 2017 he obtained an 'Exceptional Talent Endorsement' as a writer, from the Arts Council England.

You can find Tolu on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@poetolu). He believes in 'The Big Bang Theory' TV Show, Google and Jesus. Tolu currently lives in London, England.

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  1. Tolu, stopppppp! I am at my desk tearing up. With all that has been happening this year, this hits home a bit too perfectly.

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