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The True Nigerian

The True Nigerian

Early in the morning a true Nigerian meets a friend and like a game of ping-pong they play with greetings. “How is your wife?” “she is fine!” “And the children?” “they are fine!” “How is work?” “work is fine!” “Your father’s health?” “he’s doing well!” Then one says a greeting…

We Built Our Love Like A Shelter

We built our love like a shelter you cut trees, I drew water you laid bricks, I made mortar we built our love together. We built our love like a shelter it had roofs, walls and windows wide beds and soft pillows we build our love together. Like a shelter…

Hard Things

The second hardest thing in the word is finding you. because precious things are hard to find. The hardest thing in the world is losing you because losing you is losing me. These hard things easily make the easiest thing in the world keeping you and loving you till you've…

I Will Find You

My shoes have lost their floors And my eyes riot from looking But till I find you, I will Worry many more maps, Scourge many more miles And dissect a thousand more smiles. I will find you. It might take a day perhaps another decade But I will find you…

When You Are Single

When you are single everything reminds you. Commercials remind you everything is cheaper if you buy in twos. Your big idle pots remind you since you almost never cook for two Your favourite dress reminds you; it needs help zipping from the back Those nosy acquaintances too with questions you…

Postman

I wait for love patiently the way one waits for a special delivery. All day, I sit by the door ears flared like a calabash waiting quietly for the bell to ring. By noon it rings eventually, excitedly, I leap for the door but it’s only my neighbour Mosun; borrowing…

A Pot of Mud

Last night the boy was thirteen This morning he is thirty To look out of his window Asking ‘where did the days go?’ Like pages of an open book Turned by the wind. But that is truth and that is life To sleep a child and wake a man And…

A Word About The Sun

A Word About The Sun It was already That time of the day That ushers the day away. Across the sky The weary sun Seemed to sashay away As we sat across her Beholding her grace; Perhaps the noblest of…

Waiting!

Waiting! The water a man will drink Cannot flow past him Is what Grandmother told me. So I stand here, patiently And wait.   The morning has come The traders have gone To setup their stalls But I stand here…

To Cook A Stone

To Cook A Stone Don’t ask me How I feel A butcher doesn’t flinch When he leads the humble sheep The way the stew is cooked. Don’t pull me From my tears That drown me every day By words you…

Scarecrow

Scarecrow I'm so scared of being alone I'm so scared of being alone Is the song of the scarecrow As he stays hanging alone In a large field of corn rows. I am a scarecrow!

Twenty Children

Twenty Children Will not be playmates For twenty years. They become workmates Secretly intimidated By each (climbing) step The others make Till they all run (Here and there) Inspired by fear.

The Girl Across The Street

Thursday evening, two minutes past six You were standing by our street With your (talkative) friend Your skirt gently teasing the wind. I overhead you saying you know me (A neighbour from across the street) So I assumed your (talkative)…

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