Y Junction

Maneuvering the steering wheel
And moving his head and mind’s will
To the sound of Davido’s song, skelewu
Jerry halted to pick up a passenger so true

Some school kids walking on the road
Were hyped up by the blazing pop code
And started whining front and back, like a this, like a that
Before one dude pursued them right to their learning habitat

Reaching and halting at Y Junction
Some passengers alighted in fast motion
As Jerry sighted a sizzling lady crossing the road
As the conductor hit the bus to a move on the high road

Without seeing the trailer running into Y Junction
Jerry jumped into it, causing obliteration and annihilation
Inviting a huge crowd shouting, squalling, howling and yowling
As the trailer driver drove on as the mob picked stones and were throwing

From Jerry to the passengers on the bus’ last row
Everyone breathed their last as trouped in a crew from a radio
Asking questions as twisted bodies were carried in an ambulance
Being taken away as their spirits flew until the roll is called up yonder



40 thoughts on “Y Junction” by innoalifa (@innoalifa)

  1. Davido- skelewu………be on replay when am on the road………..
    wasn’t expecting that ending, the beginning was such a happy starting with the kids bumping their head t the famous song why did you have to ruin the mood naaah??

    Anyway, Jerry……..this is a warning to all this guys that be in their car….looking at me as I walk by……..causing unnecessary accidents msheww…………

    Inno……almos called you your name now……..good job with his.

    1. Life is a convoluted journey that often ends the way we wouldn’t want it. It’s sometimes comedic and some other times, it’s really tragic. The mood of the poem is just in tune with the truth it presents.

      @ufuomaotebele,thanks a lot for reading and commenting.

      1. You are wellycome……..

  2. O-Money (@Omoniyi-Adeshola)

    @innoalifa, another relatable poem from the prolific mind of the linguist-poet extraordinaire. Keep dropping the lines, we’ll be reading!

    1. @Omoniyi-Adeshola a bunch of thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your reading and commenting.

      1. O-Money (@Omoniyi-Adeshola)

        @innoalifa, you always welcome.

  3. When I shall breathe my last
    I pray it wont be carelessly
    So I’ll be able to rest
    In my Saviour’s nest eternally. Good poem you got there @innoalifa

    1. beyond our last breaths
      & beyond the earth’s length
      I pray that our struggling souls
      will find rest, peace and undying bliss

      I appreciate your soulful vibes @uzywhyte

  4. Sad story, @innoalifa. What was the inspiration for this? Did it really happen?

    I like that the poem told an easily understandable story. However, there were places where you sacrificed good word usage for rhymes.

    1. I remain always indebted to you for your reading and commenting. Even though it seems there are places where good usage was sacrificed for rhymes, I was only trying to capture a reality.

      @TolaO thanks a million for stopping by.

  5. Awwwch! See how the distracted driver murdered innocent commuters.
    Sad but sometimes true. The Yoruba people would say ‘Ikan n je ogede, Ikan n yun idi, Ikan ko mo wipe ohun ti dun ni n pani’ ( Interpreted as ”Ikan is happily enjoying a banana and Ikan enthusiaistically displays his enjoyment by itching his buttocks enjoyably but Ikan fails to realize that sweet things kill”)

    Nice poem!

    1. @Levuz, all that glitters is not always gold and sweet things could lead to sad endings. Thanks a lot for your reading of the poem and for the Yoruba wisdom embedded in your comment.

  6. Sad one @innoalifa this didn’t explain anything about love but the reality of life. very tragic but a good one

    1. @imaniking Thanks for reading and commenting :)

  7. You are doing better in poetry… perhaps the hiatus you took was for poetry lessons.

    Good one.

    But then, punctuate….

    1. The time away was for no poetry classes lolzzzz. Though I don’t employ external punctuation in my poetic writings, I’ll certainly give that beautiful idea some moments of careful thought.

      Hey man, thanks a lot for stopping by @vincentdepaul!

  8. The things that skelewu can cause, I do believe that once its your time nothing can save you.
    Skelewu for parties ehn but for students and drivers with innocent passengers more care should be taken.
    A very clever way to convey the message distraction while driving. Good one.

    1. Maganan gaskiya, “once it’s your time, nothing can save you ” because death is inevitable. However, distraction while driving should be avoided as much as possible.

      Na gode sosai @ameenaedrees!

  9. Good and realistic poem. When you’re on the road, FOCUS!
    It’s sad so many had to make premature exits just because someone couldn’t covenant with his eyes though. :(
    I enjoyed the rhyming story pattern you used in relaying your message @innoalifa, but i’m almost certain the entire piece would hardly have lost any lustre if some not-so-necessary words were spared it, you get?
    Still a very relateable piece though, well done.
    :)
    P.s: Shebi the ‘sizzling’ babe still waka comot after Jerry don die finish?

    1. Honestly, you yahn well and I get your noble idea. Although the sizzling babe still waka go her way, I de here de work to improve my craft lolzzzzzzzzz

      Thanks a million for reading and commenting @kwiksie :) :)

      1. Anytime. Na you na. ;)

  10. @innoalifa tot i had a lotta things to say but @TolaO and @kwisksie nailed it in their comments…never sacrifice rhymes for clarity or good word usage as @TolaO put it…on the long run…it is never worth it. good message…creative title bro.

  11. @dees-hive thanks for stopping by. To say my mind ehn… the rhymes just come often without my even realizing it. I love clarity and wouldn’t want to sacrifice good word usage for rhymes but I’m thinking it through. I really appreciate your reading, commenting, suggesting, recommending and commending.

  12. @innoalifa : Honestly, I would have preferred if you had made this a fiction piece. It reads a bit strange as a poem.

    Also, I would omit “song” from the Skelewu line. I think “sound” takes care of that.

    Sad ending … I wish there were survivors.

    1. I wish there were survivors too dear. I’m happy to know your view that the poem reads a bit strange as poetry. That’s a point directing me towards considering writing more of fictional stories than just poems. And for the Skelewu, I quite get the point that sound may just have been perfect.

      Thanks a million @SharonWrites!

  13. Learning from great poets on the weaving and twisting.
    Not sacrifcing clearty for beauty of words n its rending.
    Both the poem n the comments were enlightening .
    Good one

    1. Keep being enlightened bro. I really appreciate your reading and commenting @newnaija

      1. The best way to learn to write better is reading wider and writing more.

  14. Reading this reminded me of something I heard about a year and a half ago that is sinking in to my soul: You only have NOW. This second, this moment. You will not have the next moment unless you actually get the opportunity to experience it (which is not in our control). The hope is that we are more mindful and grateful of each moment, even the sad ones. I’m not saying it’s easy o!:)

    1. I’m happy you read the poem and were able to relate with it. I’m consenting to the truth of the fact that the present moment is all we have. The past is gone forever and the future may never be our experience. An attitude of gratitude crowns it all; an attitude of graceful gratefulness to the creator and to all the people we encounter every day.

      Your comment is quite insightful. I really do appreciate your stopping by @AdaezeDiana.

  15. Still thinking about the life lesson this poem holds for me. I enjoy writing like this that can draw me in to the heart of the matter. I really enjoyed this poem. Great job @innoalifa!!

    1. I pray something great result from your thoughts. Thanks a million @AdaezeDiana!

  16. @innoalifa, I think Sharon captured my mood while reading the poem…..I had to read it again to get in tune….the story is touching and so true of some accidents today….but in it all, your work was beautiful.

    Well done

    1. @jayrume, a bunch of thanks for reading and commenting :)

  17. Hi! I like the message of the poem. However, I think the impact would have been stronger had you written it as a flash fiction piece or a non rhyming poem.

    1. Wow, I get your point! This might have been greatly felt if it were a fiction piece. @h0n3ydr0p5, you have a friend in @SharonWrites & @jayrume ’cause your comments were quite insightful and geared towards the same direction – writing fiction.

      Thanks a million to you three Great, @h0n3ydr0p5, @SharonWrites & @jayrume!!!

      1. Hi! You should check out my blog: writinginwhispers.wordpress.com if you like experimenting with poetry and prose.

        1. @h0n3ydr0p5, let me run and get a glimpse of what beautiful stuff you have there :)

  18. This is very nice @innoalifa
    I like the plot and though it has a sad ending, it has an important message too.
    Life is like a vapour, it appears for a little while, then it is gone.
    May God continue to keep us all.
    I don’t know if I have it in me to write poems but I love reading them all the same and this is good!
    Well done!

    1. I’m happy you liked it in spite of its tragic ending. I’m consenting with the view that life is like a vapour, we are given it and before we know it, we all give up.

      A bunch of thanks for stopping by @Jesusmyhope.

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