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I Don’t Want To Be Your Hero

I have climbed a mountain before Once or twice, Walking the sides of Obudu's range Breathing in ways so strange. I have climbed a mountain before Twice or thrice, Holding on to the rocks of Jos Wondering why life is not just. When life's mountains is at the fore I see you attempt them bravely The superwoman that you are...

Animal Proverbs

There is this thing about African proverbs and animals that I had struggled to understand. You see, I grew up caught up between two generations: the one who believed in tortoise stories, and the one who challenged that a tortoise cannot talk. That notwithstanding, I learnt from the lessons the stories were meant to teach us. Proverbs are however more...

Tomorrow

They say tomorrow is cruel, they say tomorrow is kind: benignant or brutal, which one is she? They say tomorrow is stale, they say tomorrow is prime: pregnant or barren, which one is she? I stand with you Today, Excited and afraid On-sure to take this step into tomorrow, Is love not like a dance, With many instructors but no...

Me through the Mirror

(...for Effiong Samuel. December 25, 2018) Is love really blind? In my darkest moments I saw love in its purest form. I thought it would pass how wrong I was. How confused I became. Each night I stared at nothing Each night I laid on my aseptic bed wishing that love would lose an eye or both. Yet love broke...

I’ll Wait For You

Today I woke up too early Staring at the morning sky The cloud was thick like fields of barley I paused and wondered why. Yesterday she graced the skies My lovely tender lily Like a queen to all the stars Why is she not up early? Sometimes my Moon has a mood Sometimes in silence she stood Those times I'll...

Goodbye Paradise

I still remember the day he convinced me with his gospel, this Christ, when he vowed to show me more love than that with which he “so-loved” the world. He said there were many mansions in his father’s house. I had gods before he came, but he killed them with his charm, this Saviour that washed away my single-sin. We...

Yesterday

Yesterday I saw a bloom Of two pretty flowers Blossoming in beauty Today they predict a doom Of these two pretty flowers Crumbling in tomorrow's duty They say time is such a foe They say the future we do not know But should this stop us to sow? For the tomorrow we all fear Is Today that is here Once...

Tales of the Iron Man-1

On the hard bed he lay Both hands tied a-cross Fleeting shadows flew past his mind Swiftly, like wool scattered by the storm "Where are the ones I love?" He asked in unconscious stare Eyelids flickering like a blossomed rose Veins sucking Normal Saline Hole after hole the drilling machine stormed Spanners worked on the hands with glove Yet with...

Teasing the Rain

Dear Rain, You do not have the luxury of eternity to empty the skies. That time will come when your tear drops will dry and the sun will shine. I will wait patiently until that day comes. The games you play with the sun these days toy with our activities. Enjoy your reign while it lasts. Yours wetfully, Me.

One Bloody Moon-day

I sat there like a teenager waiting for a date, too early, yet constantly looking at the watch. I had prepared for last night for over a week, and nothing was going to stop me from seeing this 'Lady in Red'. I am referring to the 'longest blood moon of the 21st century', or so it was called. When it...