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I saw you swear

You are a black man

Never heard you yell

Except in quietude

You do not dream

Whilst staying awake

Or stay alive

while dying inside

Never heard  you  cry

While you shed the tears

You have not spoken

Without using your voice

You have not touched

When you love and look

Or tell  to all

What  you do  mean

Without being mean

If you’re keen

You would have seen

You are quite tough

But not thick-skinned

You are brotherly

A man

Or  utterly

Black

Of such a thing-

As  a black man

Have I not heard

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Weaves

would you know

what makes people

stick long together

love is a glue

love is hard

love is tricky

comes too quick

goes too soon

yet people stay

not for lust

just for respect

there  is one

not the other

but without passion

with regard lacking

everyone flees abroad

or shrink aboard

when these go

respect and love

and some stay

it’s called abuse

it’s deemed prison

it is war

captive and captor

inmate and warden

partner and abuser

an unholy alliance

things that once

went all around

stand motion still

an ugly picture

carved in debris

of dreary memory

hold onto them

don’t let go

they are fabrics

the paper textiles

covering all the

things we adore

yet easily torn

by ego cascades

and fleeting feelings

hold onto them

if they go

we are gone

 



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Unconditional

The earth was once flat

Then God made man

Man made guns

And man loved guns

More than God

He sacrificed animals

For his guns

But the guns were not

Satisfied

Man slaughtered his enemies

For his guns

But the guns were not

Content

He massacred his neighbors

For his guns

But the guns were not

Pleased

Man wasted his friends

For his guns

But the guns were not

Delighted

He shot his family

For his guns

But the guns were not

Satisfied

Yet man adored his guns

More than God

And God became jealous

He  made the earth round

Proclaiming

That whatever goes around

Would  surely

Come around

 

tame

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Swamp

We are one for once, so completely

The storms have broken down our walls

We give our love so sweetly

The rains have washed away our flaws

 

We reunite to restore our abode with pleasure

Convene to rebuild our acres beyond  measure

I can’t believe this unspoken magic

Passion rekindled when days are tragic

 

Why it takes a gust for you to hear me

How I needed a tempest to let you be

Where your kindness was hidden before the gale

How I became human when you started to wail

 

We do not need more of this strong breeze

But hope the ardor will not be brought to freeze

When the typhoon is gone and the puff is done

Will our differences play us once more like pawn


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It’s Your Weirdness

You rock the way you smile

How consistent you are

Through thick and thin

You keep your path

Despite the judgment of years

You keep your shape and simper

It’s your weirdness that makes you

Charming

 

Some villagers think

That color is supreme

Others think colors are evil

You giggle and smirk at all

As you change your shades

Through yellow, orange, red and blanc

It’s your weirdness that makes you

Charming

 

I see how once you turned all red

And hid your self from none

Some say it’s time for love and joy

Others see danger lurking around

You judged no one

Inspired everyone

It’s your weirdness that makes you

Charming

 

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Hello Underground

Hello underground

It took a while

But now it comes

With no hesitation

To your shackles of procrastination

To your chains of timidity

To the fear of the unknown

Hello

 

Hello

I am knocking down your doors

Ready to infiltrate

To be tucked in  like a seed

Enshrouded in the darkness of challenges

Covered by the soil of toils

Sunk by the waters of breakdowns

Enfolded by the death of risks

 

Hello underground

Your dominion is over

I am breaking through

Like a seed burgeoning

What you quashed was not me

What you ruined was the fear of trying again

But I sprout to greatness

I bud to the knowledge of dead ends

I germinate  to the discovery

Of the way that works

 

Hello underground

I ascend above the spell of  hades

Hello

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Open

You don’t grasp a man

Until he babbles

Like a boy

And whispers his mysteries

Like a girl

Until he daydreams away

In the clutches

Of the night

Till he hollers the name

In the belly

Of his heart

Until he surrenders

His wakefulness

And regresses back

To fetal position

At the gateway

Of slumbers

You don’t perceive a woman

Until her mask

Is smeared

And her mascara

Is smudged

Until she hibernates

In her trance

Till she farts away

With no regard

Until no fragrance

Can rescue the night air

 

GBOLABO ADETUNJI/ AYOKA

 

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