To my nephew – Demilade Child, Life comes in single pieces and various flavors. The afternoon you were born, The hospital tried to know what your original weight was; They put you on one arm of the scale And counterbalanced it with a heavy chest Filled with golds, diamonds and all the gems known … Continue reading A Song For My Beloveds
That evening, when Baba Lati saw Francais Aigbe’s dark blue 2013 Honda CR-ZB parked by the shoulder of the expressway with its bonnet held up, he had no reason to stop the car he was driving and help out; it was especially not wise as this was a lonely stretch of the expressway where unsavory … Continue reading Christmas, in Nigeria*
“There is always my heart.” That was what she said when I told her I did not feel at home anywhere. And the way she said it, made the strong promise of the words themselves look minuscule. There was the look on her face that made it look like she was smiling and sobbing at … Continue reading There is always my heart
(musings on a most beloved friend) I had my heart bleed blue for you – So pierced for love and wanting, Pierced till I cried roses… And Eros’ fluid arrows darted down my cheeks. And Today, I am your hero (you are always mine) But what of tomorrow? For we are only human, our feet … Continue reading Friend-ships
Taoheed watched as his wife served him breakfast, he smiled inside of himself, wondering how lucky he was in finding a good woman like her. He dipped his hands into the bag of bread she’d just laid before him and began to chew on one. His wife, Shadiat, had been the one taking care of … Continue reading Where Love lives: A Nigerian Story*
1. The elegance of her dancing hit me that evening on my way to work, she was the sight that made my heart stop for a bit, the wonder that seized my breath; she was! The music she danced to was a crappy one, but you wouldn’t know that from the marvel she was weaving; … Continue reading Now and Forever
I. When a broken heart writes, It scribbles bloodless*… The dark viscosity of suffering is its ink, as It writes on the pages of shattered dreams… Where the edge of loss is sharpest, serves for its pen – and the fiery brightness of longing is its lamp… …When a Broken heart writes … Continue reading Musings on Time…
You are invisible, no one sees or Knows you. Your frail body is an irritating glitch on the scenery: your dark, leathered face is just another copy of the ubiquitously ugly mien on the teeming nobodies. Your shabby clothes hang loosely on your shoulders, they were supposed to give you some character, add color to … Continue reading The Big, Bang Story
A. I am this – I am that – I am all that is… My hands are the original force of the winds; From my very palms, the firmament was birthed. The tiniest rustle of the deep woods comes to my ears… Every breathe of mine is the wind behind the bird’s flapping wings. Bright … Continue reading I am…
The door opened so quietly that I did not wake up to see who had come in; it was when her hands touched me that I knew I was not alone in the room. She threw the blanket off me and her deft hands made straight for my boxers. I was thoroughly alarmed. Was this … Continue reading Testify!
I came in the morning, The day still in darkness clothe, And sat under the Bamboo tree – waiting for you. I saw the watch man leave his post, The owl return from its nocturnal gambol, I heard the first crow of dawn – And felt the dew cease its fall As i waited … Continue reading You did not come…
I sat there at a corner of the teacher’s podium, slightly irritated at the charade going on before me. I and the other teachers were parading with our widest smiles, kissing up to the proudly delusional parents and their snotty Wards at today’s School Open day. I had already catered to about a dozen of … Continue reading Treading water
You will leave me – Me and these two little boys you asked me to Mother for you, on that windy evening by the lake, as you knelt, holding up to me that simple bond of love-the ring. You will leave. You will leave us for that your other great love, that one, that your … Continue reading You will leave!
Prelude: Since Creations dawn – And the first wakeful yawn of Ol’ Mother Earth, Nature never thought to assemble a plumage to rival the Peacock’s – Nor such easy grace to compare to yours… Verses Until you have held precious, a fistful of water… And watched it all drip away through your closed fingers … Continue reading A sigh in C-Minor
Dearly beloved: Tonight, three things will happen: all three unfortunate, all three avoidable. Tonight, in an obscure village somewhere in the vast lands called Nigeria, a faceless child will die a senseless death (the latest casualty of that long war against the hordes of Malaria, polio, typhoid…) because someone in an obscenely decorated mansion had … Continue reading Dare to Dream