Sunday, September 20, 2020

Of New York State and Oyo State by Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth,London, England

There are some interesting developments common between New York State and Oyo State. New York City in New York State is the largest city of...

Trekking Home on a Windy Night

Peace, peace, howling night force Your sweeping tongue’s rage, who can bear? Hence heaven recoils and puts out her torches. Bereft of hope and Kola nut, accept...

Three Suitors and the Lily Flower

It was night. The full moon had risen in splendour amidst celestial stars. Beneath a log burnt with bright flame lighting up the youthful...

The Lament of Mother-hen

Hawk Hurray! Hurray! Springtime is gone Woe to you hawk Who may hunger and die I know your long-held spite And your fore-fathers schemes So when overhead a dark shadow appears To...

Dreading Sleep

Every night upon his bed, he lay Eyes wide awake, fighting death Which won him every split-second Before the merciful rescue of morning. Vainly though, he never ceased...

Keeping Vigil

Tonight I shall sleep alone No—with jealousy beside me My heart sighs at each growth of night And daylight is long coming My love, how unfair O! How unfair For...

Learning the Way

Teacher’s cane is kind If you get all sums right. If you fail them all Then the cane becomes cold. Once, I failed one test And felt its bite...

The Organden

The organden trembled as he treaded But kept in step with his walking stick He inclined towards it stroking his silver beards Some had aged more than...

To Where Lies a Friend’s Shell

I’ve come, accompanied by red roses To where lies a friend’s shell so dear To doff my hat and kneel in homage to memories, Memories of this...

A Message to Shidoo

My love I am tied With curse cords of family line That my innocence knows not. So on, I toil in each day passing Wiping unwanted salt-water upon...

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