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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 have no answers to.
‘Bolaji when are we eating your wedding rice?’

You drag a smile as you reply
‘ Aunty Moji, when are we attending your funeral?’
(if only you could say it out loud).

Oh… and your mother too
with special ways of making it
the roof on every dialogue.

Even at a funeral
reading Late Mama Yejide’s biography
She goes; ‘’really, I didn’t know
Mama Yejide married at 21?’’
with all the emphasis
in all the deliberate places.

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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.

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. Being single can come with a lot of pressure both internal and external.
    It’s considered a taboo if you dare ask if everyone will eventually marry. The worse is when older Aunt’s will tell you ” my dear lower your standard all men are the same” as if you ever had a discussion prior to that with them. It has never occurred to anyone that you might actually be happier than them.

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