OPEN She is a vagrant poem,a cautionary tale,an old story,an open book. Her belly opensand pages fly from it.Words fall to feet,letters flood the floor,questions mark her steps. Like Sylvia, she straddles,and stumbles. Who will put her backtogether again‌What will bind herand bring her to a close‌ AUTHOR: Lola Shoneyin (in full, Títílọlá Atinúkẹ́ Alexandrah Shónẹ́yìn);Continue reading “NAIJA POETRY 25: Open”

NAIJA POETRY 24: Your Vote Counts!

YOUR VOTE COUNTS! Nigeria the land our fathers fought foris now a place where ours leaders are reaping from.The masses are being exploited by the same people they elected into power.The youths are now left with no jobs.Graduates are forced to become thugs and criminals all becausethey have no other means of survival. Nigeria hasContinue reading “NAIJA POETRY 24: Your Vote Counts!”

NAIJA POETRY 22: Praise For The Inner Lining Of My Morphing Apparel

THEME: Some countries give new meaning to dress codes, not only dictating what their citizens wear, but also enforcing strict measures with fines and imprisonment— Fashion Police(s). Satin worn past twelve is buttoned satire. all that glam spent, unstarching uniform grains. low-waist silk & the sagging yarn, both heavy with polymer sweat. mother sow cottonContinue reading “NAIJA POETRY 22: Praise For The Inner Lining Of My Morphing Apparel”

NAIJA POETRY 21: The New Nigerian

Chosen for a reasonIn a seasonNot by the dozenBut individuallyTo be bornA NigerianOne who can runThrough the thorns of lifeWithout being cutBy its spikesInto a familyBy a parentWho will not relentMaking fervent prayersFor the childIn anticipationOf the tribulationsThat lay ahead The New Nigerian:One with talentsSilent but efficientMore active than motivesHelping to liveAbove the perceptionOf corruptionMakingContinue reading “NAIJA POETRY 21: The New Nigerian”

NAIJA POETRY 20: No Go Do Pass Yourself!

You cannot help everybodyYou cannot save everybodyYou cannot be the hero/heroine of everybody Surely you have good intentions towards peopleFor sure you have that zeal to help people But you know what? Not everyone in need of help can actually be helpedNo matter what!Just do your best to your very bestAnd leave the rest NoContinue reading “NAIJA POETRY 20: No Go Do Pass Yourself!”

NAIJA POETRY 19: I Am Leah Sharibu (abridged)

Dedicated to Leah Sharibu the Christian girl still in Boko Haram Captivity, and to all other captives who have not been rescued I am Leah SharibuI am NigeriaI am a captiveTaken from my homeAway from love and careNow I live in fearIn the midst of the unknownI am Leah SharibuI am Nigeria I am LeahContinue reading “NAIJA POETRY 19: I Am Leah Sharibu (abridged)”

NAIJA POETRY 18: When The Monuments …

For Walter Rodney and Ngugi wa Thiong’o When the monuments to our pastare whittled down by new factsand our dew drops of changeare sacrificed on the altar of state security,we awake to the knowledge thatpebbles lodged in muddy pondsmust grow muddy with time… Now that our messiahs have chased our dreamsfrom the sacred corners ofContinue reading “NAIJA POETRY 18: When The Monuments …”

NAIJA POETRY 17: Say Me A Prayer

If in my sleep tonight I cut the ropesAnd hear not the bell that wakes the daySay me a prayerThat all may carry my songs to darkCorners and sing light to their sight.That the dusts which gather at my feet mayPaint pious portraits on all walls. Say me a prayerThat my hands may once againContinue reading “NAIJA POETRY 17: Say Me A Prayer”