Owner Of The Streets

Owner Of The Streets

You see me and look away. Know this; all I do is hope!!!

I am the owner of the streets
I know the smell of the air it breathes:
The smell of its rotten beans
And the stale bread I pick from its bins
I know the sting of its murderous air;
Midnight when the sun is not there
I know the frozen tears of the nights;
When we hide from armor-less knight
I am that nuisance your eye meets
In the markets and the cobbled streets
I am the voice that saddles your ears
With pleas, heavy with humble airs
I carved the visage of your scorn:
Ugly like my toe’s errant corn
And my skin’s pleasant fragrance
Puts your nose in a fitful trance

 

Your eyes crack me like a roasted nut
They tell me you hate me; deny it not
Am I not the seed of a faceless man,
The fetus of a self-murdered woman?
You know not. In the dead of night
Under the stars, my dreams make it all right
And I hope still and argue against reality
As it claws my ragged hope without pity
At your table, you scorn the fleshy bones
Yet for bones, lean,  my heart groans
And the garbs that I wear now with pride
Were from your bins and dumps pried.
Wait! If I were the seed of your passion
Would I frolic thus outside the mansion?
So as I roam, my mission uncertain
Plate or purse, give. I remain your heart’s stain.

please give when you can!

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30 thoughts on “Owner Of The Streets” by Kukogho Iruesiri Samson (@xikay)

  1. Hmm… imagine how many of them you’ve passed with that attitude… Do the help when you can.

    Nice piece Xikay

    1. i am glad you think so even though @admin somehow messed the formatting up.

      thanks

  2. Now, this is the kind of poem I love to read. Ismple in its delivery, yet packing more than 3 punches…Lovely bro…Just lovely.

    1. thank you sir…nice review indeed

  3. Finally. A reprieve from all the testosterone soaked things we’ve been reading here.

    I gbadun this one well. Well. Well.

    Confirm.

    Xikay…collect presidential handshake.

    1. i collect the handshake with pride jare. thank you

    2. No be small reprieve!

      1. is jealousy be catchings you?

  4. Xikay you are becoming to good.
    ‘You see me and look away. Know this; all I do is hope’. This line is expensive. Very expensive.
    It got me right there.

    1. its very expensive, but i hope we have the mind to pay for it because some people depend on it

  5. Kudos to your creativity! I really love the poem. It is simple yet soul-touching.

  6. Very nice and serious too. Kudos!!!

  7. Xikay, what can I say for this gift?….IT IS A BIG HONOUR KNOWING YOU SIR!!

    1. Iren, Hehehe, you go fear na. @seun, come and see this one o. Xikay, I am clearing my throat.

      1. Wetin dey ya throat? Fowl leg?

      2. @kaycee no let that one kill you o! my meat na mt meat…nothing concern you @raymond. no mind am jare

        1. Make them they share honour, na so e dey start.

          1. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

          2. sharing no dey this level o

    2. thank you. its a honor knowing you too. and i mean that

  8. I don’t expect any less from U anyway. This is a rare gem…

    1. thank you bro. i am humbled

  9. Now this is good poetry!The message was straight forward,my favourite kind of writing,and the rhyming scheme is one to beat.

    Keep doing this.Honestly,it will pay off someday.

    Well done!!!

    1. thank you sir…and i do hope it pays off like you have prophesied… thanks

  10. My jaw drops for this; its message and creativity are jewels to be honoured. Well done man!

    1. thanks for the compliment sir. i am glad you found it so

  11. @Xikay…I love this man. You weave it all together very well.

    Pictures of Almajiris in Kano and Kaduna (and everywhere else they exist) just keeps popping up in my head as I read.

    “…Am I not the seed of a faceless man,
    The fetus of a self-murdered woman?
    You know not. In the dead of night
    Under the stars, my dreams make it all right
    And I hope still and argue against reality… ”

    Check that. The period seems misplaced in that line, but if the format was messed by admin that will explain it.

    Once again, I love it!

    1. that statement ; YOU KNOW NOT is a complete statement hence the full-stop. that is not a fault of the admin. it is deliberate

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