Thursday, October 1, 2015

Ayoola Goodyness Olanrewaju writes

Let’s Ponder a Little VII

I know of the sorrow in the eyes of pains
And the agony of the loss of gains
The hungry thirst in the game of survivals
The drives and chronicles of man's revivals.

I have heard of the tree of pride
Rooted in the poor just turned rich hide
The deadly habits poverty could conceal
In wealth, revelations and shocking reveal.

I have seen the life of lies
Innocent looks and deceptive eyes
The notion of bad men omen
And the wild plagued of good women.

I know of the blessing of wisdom
Lodged salient in the tongue kingdom
The sorry nods of a foolish utterance
And the jeers of an uncultured dance.

I have heard of the boasts of experience
Assured and spiced in the light of confidence
The rags intelligence could never buy
Not in a display of gifts or try.

I have seen the sauce for the goose
And the deprivation of the gander's choice
The amass of the bread of ease
And the crumbs' display on lease

I know of a garden of aiding
An Eden of thieves and crimes biding
The promiscuity of tongues
And the piles of the house of wrongs.

I have heard strange guests' plots
The share of delicious porridge in fired pots
The news arrival of angels and demons
The rants of the true lies sermons.

I have seen Uche's new begging systems
Chioma's houses money and ritual items
Poor Ajoke has given birth again
The next door herbalist conjures to cease rain.


  1. Uche, Chioma, and Ajoke are common Nigerian names and are all used ironically in this poem. Depending on the contextual usage, Uche (an ambisex Igbo name) can mean "intention," "will," "mind," "Idea," or "sense." Chioma (an ambisex Igbo name) means "good God" or "God is good." Ajoke (a female Yoruba name) means "a child that is born to be pampered by all."

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  2. You always expect good poems from Ayoola... This is another masterpiece from him.

    I doff my cap to you sire.


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