solar Eclipse,Saki 2006

Dark Tuesday

If the sallah cow wanted a revenge
A payback for spilling its blood
For eating its salty-fleshy meat
It should’ve sought subtler ways
Not my own flesh
Olohunmaje, Not my life!!!

Adekunle! Adekunle! Adekunle!
The red-eyed conductor beckoned
at adekunle- bound commuters
Calling them to their death
Their untimely grave
Adekunle waso!
Adekule waso!

the driver gunned the engine

noisily it moved

On the move,
not speeding,
just moving
The locomotive idiot proved itself to be
The hind tire gave up its job
Went its own way
Frenzied, the driver tried to pin
the locomotive machine down
But, like a stubborn dog
It won’t yield to his call
Like a mad cow
It went outta control

On the move,
not speeding,
now haphazardly moving

Hear the commuter’s scream:
Yeeee mo gbe ooo
Eleda ooo
Jesu ooo
Ogun ooo
Obatala ooo
Ori iya mi ooo

On the move,
not speeding,
now spinning
Somersaulting up up high
It landed by the rails
Near the waters
On the third mainland bridge
It was on Tuesday
A dark Tuesday, the eight day of November
Two thousand and eleven

His clavicle is fractured
Like a death sentence
The doc announced
And placed me on 5 week house arrest
Sorry Adebayo,
Sorry me no sorry
For this too shall pass!

Death, O death
The ultimate avenger
Am aware
you’ll someday visit
But not this soon
Am just twenty something
Why the haste?

Don’t come now, O ripper
Lemme build mama and papa a house
A very big one
Buy them a locomotive monster
A very fine one

Lemme invent great technologies
Build Yoruba language software
Fulfill my lifelong dreams;
Make a trail in the sands of time;
And carve my name in the stones of age.

Lemme bear offsprings
Lemme see them bring up their own
Lemme live a fulfilled life
A contented one
Then wield your blade
Come bare your fangs

13 thoughts on “Dark Tuesday” by smartfingers (@smartfingers)

  1. Did you actually have an accident/someone you know?!

    Oh..Bless God for tender mercies. I’m grateful we all are still here.

    “Olohunmaje” should be “Olounmaje” I think.


  2. I like your poem.

  3. Seun, Y̶̲̥̅̊ǝ̥̥ƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇ oo, an ugly accident, Ȋ̝̊̅†̥ happened τ̅☺ M̶̲̅ε̲̣ n other passengers

  4. Seun, Y̶̲̥̅̊ǝ̥̥ƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇ oo, an ugly accident, thank U̶̲̥̅̊‎​. May God keep us safe, now τ̅☺ enter bus they D̶̲̥̅̊o M̶̲̅ε̲̣ somehow

    1. Man.

      Just thank God you’re still here. I’m grateful for you.

  5. LOL…Build mama’s house

  6. I wanted to ask tongue in cheek, “who is afraid of death” but I just read it was a real accident. Thank God for your life.

  7. “Lemme bear offsprings
    Lemme see them bring up their own”


    Glad you are alive to tell your own story.

  8. As far as you no die, no wahala.
    Kpele for the clavicle fracture.

  9. this your narration self, so as the bus was spinning, you were not praying but listening to other people shouting and praying? just joking. Thank God you are alive

  10. If this really happened, it must have been a terrible experience, nice description.

  11. thank you my people.
    na God say my time never reach ooo
    may our days be long IJN!

  12. Nice write. I enjoyed the build-up.

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