My mother always warned me against whistling at night.”I pray you don’t attract evil with that your smelling mouth,” she said one night as she broke melon seeds for dinner.I’ve never believed in myths, but I found her tales funny.”Why mother?” “I’ve told you times without number,” she pushed the white, plastic chair she sat … Continue reading The Ant Queen
I think of your smiles, Your lovable laughter, your funny frowns, I think of you and my heart aches. I think of moments shared, Pleasant and unpleasant. The drink and food, of music and deep conversations. I think of you and my heart aches. I know! Still your heart beats for the Judas that stabbed … Continue reading Heart Ache
She-devil Woe unto the earth for the mistress of the devil has come to seduce, steal and slay. Hell will freeze over cause she has come with a great lust for revenge and destruction. WATCH YOUR BACK!!! COMING SOON!!! (c) Gabriel G Odigiri,2018
WE WERE SILENT Silence drove us from Nile to Mississippi to clean the ugly scars at its bottom. The world wept – Our tongues tasted her tears. Our backs were burnt into the future which a little boy folded in his left palm. Strokes from the sun filled our stomachs, our perspiration sealed our throats’ … Continue reading We Were Silent
I WON’T TELL I won’t tell you how they live life in my father’s darkest land. Boys who drag their friable feet in betwixt weeds, honourably. Girls who lift drums of dusts playfully just to keep themselves elated. I won’t tell you how they live life in my father’s darkest land. Leaders who kept their … Continue reading I Won’t Tell
It is time to tell my story It is time to know what I really am It is time to see the scar behind my mask Few months ago, I was seated calmly waiting for death to come claim me, but it never came, how disappointed I felt, even with all the love … Continue reading Sickled Heart
We are in a country Where poetry or rhetoric does not matter. What matters really is flattery. Sycophancy! So my people are now like: Any-government-in-power; Anywhere-belly-face Because what really matters now Are the things that don’t matter at all. Yet they say, Power belongs to the people. We are in a country Where the armed … Continue reading We Are in a Country
I do not want to be a bee Always busy producing honey, I do not want to be a banker Counting other people’s money I do not want to be a policeman Collecting bribes on the road Or exploiting unsuspecting drivers The Nigerian police, I detest. I do not want to be a Politician Making … Continue reading The Writer’s World
Have you ever wondered what the color of hope is? I heard it said once that Hope gives life and life is in seasons So, I wondered What is the color of hope in seasons? In Autumn I think, maybe it’s Orange, The hue of dry and crackling leaves as they fall off a tree, … Continue reading The Color of Hope
“I don’t know how I got here, I don’t know how I became suicidal, all I know is I want to end everything “, said Bayo, his voice hoarse from crying while speaking to the only man bold enough to walk up to him from the onlookers. “I might not understand what’s happening to you, … Continue reading Behind The Scene
The alarm rang for the umpteenth time that morning, I snoozed it as I turned to the other side of the bed to continue sleeping. ‘Sleepy, sleepy, wake up o’ Nnenna, my roommate shouted ‘What is it jor?’ I asked groggily as I yawned and tried to steady my eyes on her. Why did she … Continue reading Mr Right?
What is money without peace? Yes! We want to be wealthy. Now we are endlessly wealthy. But we are scared of nothing. We are scared of the thieves at night, And of the pointed fingers at daylight. What is money without happiness? Yes! We want good wealth. But there is no good health. Where are … Continue reading What Is Money?
How can he be accepted again Ever since he lost his love They’ve always rejected him Even though he means well. All they want is their happiness They never care how he feels Even though he tries to please them They always hurt him in return He’s searching for true love but Falls into the … Continue reading Rejected
Let’s meet on a plain field Where sunshine doesn’t ruin the feel Let’s meet outdoors Baring emotions outwards Let’s meet for old times Starting again not on borrowed times Let’s meet with substance Our wounds healed, our minds right Let’s meet with a level head Man and woman basking clear Let’s meet and deliberate And … Continue reading Unraveling: Final Episode
She sat there, once, twice gazing tentatively Trying to recollect a time When memory was like a glass of Amarula Sweet and intoxicating She sat there and found none Her mind and body had become numb Her soul floats in a sea of calmness All energy from years of pain dissipated Leaving behind a hollow … Continue reading Unraveling ep15 of 16