MY MASTERPIECE

As today I open a new chapter, Redefining now and hereafter, I’ve decided not to be to others’ thought servile, And against none to hold neither vile nor bile, But to daily spread across the...

Bowing to Harmattan

Shedding everything that once made you beautiful, Setting aside all that made you a shelter You bow to the irresistible law of nature :harmattan what others call autumn And become bare as a naked new...

Two Places

I know of two special places Within one my foibles and failings are heightened There I am but one modicum split in halves Within the other my little becomes much There I am magnified to...

Tomorrow

Standing on tomorrow’s threshold Stealing a peek through its flimsy fabric I see you I see me Standing congruent as one On a certain terra firma With hands entwined we were ready Together to take on the...

The Prayer of a Poultry Farmer

Father I give thanks For the unseen eyes watching over my birds; For the gentle voice constantly nudging me To do the right things consistently; For the guardian angels Who have made my birds their business. . Father...

How Long Do They Have To Wait?

They have been waiting; Weary and stretched beyond limit, yet they must wait. Unlike the children of Israel, they lack the daily supply of manna. Yet there is a strong resolve to still hang on a little. “Perhaps...

Nigeria – A Nation In Search of Heroes

Tell where, In what remote existence is Awolowo, the selfless sage? Where is Gani? Where is Fela? Neither the better critic And where, I ask, is Fajuyi - that embodiment of soldierly ideal? He whose courage was more than...

Did You Smile Today?

Going home in an overcrowded, stuffy bus that crawls like a tortoise; I see a partially crippled Hausa boy, who tries to make a living from being a cobbler leaping home. Sure you are wondering: “what is...

How Do You Define Your Life?

Some say life is tragic Some say life is a journey Some say life is an adventure Some say life is a marketplace Yesterday, I said life is a mystery Today, I say life is beautiful It...

One Dead Bird…

One dead bird, Two birds dead, Three dead birds, Four birds dead, On a bad day, So many bad days, On a Sunday, On a Friday, God, how these creatures die so easily I am bored, I am sad, I am sad, I...

Boko Haram

I often wonder Times without number What desperation What doctrination Can undo a human To extinguish the other man And; Sometimes, Himself as well . Among this terrorist fold Hardly a Christian you will find But Muslims, Ah yes - Muslims Fiery bearded figures causing tears...

A JOURNEY OF FAITH

I heeded the voice bidding me to arise and come To a place of ceaseless plenty and untainted joy So He took me by the hand and led the way But by the gloomiest...

MOTHS AND MESSIAHS

The tide is full the days are going by like the setting sun, the years roll by. The moths are devouring all the treasures Yet the "Messiahs" possess diverse ideas Spitting out contempt and disgust, They can...

Is Everyone’s Conscience Dead?

How comfortable is it For the rich to dine in the open air Before a multitude of starving poor? . How happy can the son of the rich be Playing in the company of unhappy children...

Showers of Blessing

Do you know what rain does to flowers? In this poem, Dr. Oyetunde calls upon the almighty to make him blossom like the flowers after the rain. And heaven opened its flood...

WIZENED EYES

Wizened eyes watching over me know no snoozes Sensitive ears dedicated to my petitions can hear even All supplications still yet unspoken His hand a big treasure basket An unfailing supply of my needs daily Ever...

A Voyager’s Prayers

I pray for the courage to begin Where I am and with what I have; To set sailing anyway In spite this capricious weather I couldn’t pray for a season without its fogs Only I pray...

The Trouble with Nigeria

An average Nigerian is a crook, but he expects a saint to be his leader. I love him, he is ingenious, he thrives under pressure, he is hugely talented. Within his...

WHAT IF!

What if we all were to love Her, Treat Her like we would treat our bodies, Seeking not to Sap her dry Nourishing her to blossom. What if we all remember that to us She...

Whatever happened to FREEDOM!

Dismounting from their iron horses At the sight of the men of sword, They walk like slaves Groaning under the whips of their colonial masters. They walk like slaves without freedom in their own LAND. Whatever...

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