The Call of the Belly

The Call of the Belly

We soaked the last garri,

Yesterday or when was it?

It must have been some time ago.

Now the belly rumbles

Calling for more tributes

But kudi left home years ago

Ego never loved us

Even though we toil and sweat

The bourgeoisies throw scraps at us.

So we get angry.

Some say, ‘let’s turn Bolsheviks’,

But we know the annals of time.

Every ladder has an apex

where chaos is bred.

Angels become stronger devils,

And it is the status quo again.

Dear old man, somewhere in the skies

Can you hear our voices

And the yearnings of our stomachs?

They say, ‘we had the last garri,

Yesterday or when was it?

It must have been some time ago.

Now we rumble and call for more tributes.’



8 thoughts on “The Call of the Belly” by Ladipo Titiloye (@ladman)

  1. Very evocative of the situation in Nigeria, with a chaotic arrangement that echoes real national chaos. There’s also a subliminal message which I agree with. Well done.

  2. I love this o….no sentiments, just saying it as it is. Thumbs up from me bro.

  3. Well done!!!

    I no see any subliminals o…I just be average Nigerian guy and na hunger i dey read!!!!!

  4. This is nice. Well done.

  5. the garri is all gone and i guess i know the people responsible for it. @seun is one of them

    nice poem bro. well done

  6. I like your class references.

  7. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Well done!!!

  8. The poem was nice. Nice message as well.

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