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A collection of 151 poems

A chapter in the book Tubers of Slave

Tubers of Slaves & Other Poems

by Lloyd T. Okoko

TUBERS
OF
SLAVE
AND OTHER POEMS


LLOYD TAMARAPREYE OKOKO






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Dedication

This bouquet is for

OYIN,

The creator of the universe,
Who laid hands on me
From the sky and said,
"I have given you everything,
But do not look for trouble."






Reminiscence

All
Along;
I knew it:
One of these days;
Some poems will rise,
Bubble and cry out
Of this rubble.







Contents

Dedication iii
Reminiscence iv
About the Poetry Cafes

Haiku (Nature Haiku) Poetry Cafe
Harmattan 2
Flooding 2
Dazzling 2
Hibernating 3
Moonlighting 3
Mating 3
Preying 4
Satiation 4
Gleeful Moments at Full Tide 4
Ebbtide Seasonings 5
Flagging 5
Sunny Day 5
Lingering 6
Seafaring 6
Shuttling 6

Senryu (Human Haiku) Poetry Cafe
Shuttling 8
Rowing 8
Ticking 8
Moving Train 9
Frowning 9
Smiling 9
Law Abiding 10
Hurting 10
Imprisonment 10
Imparting 11
Polluting 11
Endangering 11
Convocating 12
Thrilling Warmth 12
Fulltide Seasonings 12

Naani Poetry Cafe
Charred Ozone Layer 14
Yoked to Split 14
Divorce Galore 14
Made not to Score 15
Merchants in Governance 15
Misalliance 16
A Couple's Affair 16
Thrilling and Fighting 16
She Cares 17
Street Wise 18
Aging Far and Wide 18
Staying Even in Giving 19
Embracing the Giant's Score 19
Group Grants of the Orphan 19
Single Parenting 20
The Drunkard's Wife 20

Loop Poetry Cafe
Technology for Development 22
What's Yours is Yours 22
Making the World go Round 22
Keeping Friends 23
Cattle in a Lairage 23
Greener Pastures 24
Hierarchy of the Wise 25
Leaders that Matter 25
Prostitution is Evil 25
Serving by Depriving All 26
Eyes as Lifeline 27
Wholeness 28
Kitted as Cannibals 28
Gonads on Rampage 29
Kidnapping 29

Tanka Poetry Cafe
The Enemies Delight 32
Forward Looking Creeks 32
Hues of Righteousness 32
Shrivelled Intellectual Fabric 33
Regrets of a Pipeline Vandal 33
Caging the Beast 33
Superceding Guile with Science 34
Regimes of Termites 35
The Rush that Kills 35
The Snail's Sigh that Killed 36
Tubers of Slave 36
Shadows Devoid of Turf 38
Grubbing for Breakfast 39
The Rainbow 40
Be Thankful to God 40

Lantern Poetry Cafe
Time Bomb 42
A Stitch in Time 42
Close Apart 42
A Thrilled Humanity 43
An Irked Humanity 43
Out of Sink 43
Men Accursed to Kill 44
Hunger Causes Strife 44
Welcoming Good 44
Fronting Like Sweet 45
Divergent Ambivalence 45
Sweet Apart 45
Twin Face of the Ocean 46
Societal Needs as Jobs 46
Internet War 47

Cinquain Poetry Cafe
Mean Well Intervention 52
Eagles and Ravines Delight 52
The Barren Pawpaw Tree 52
Degrading Evil with a Smile 53
Reciprocity 53
Recalcitrant Dogs Astern 53
The Widening Pains Galore 54
Proliferating Stepped Upon Toes 54
Industrious Nigerian Woman 54
Schooling as Enablement 55
Two are Better than One 55
The Sniffer Church Rat 55
Hasty Avail 56
Broken Apart to be Saved 56
Nations of Snags 58

Tyburn Poetry Cafe
Security 60
Gathering Moluscs 60
Death 60
Beauticians 61
Palpable Alliance 61
Kidnapping 61
Forceful Organ Harvesting 62
Impersonation 62
Armed Robbery 62
Human Trafficking 63
Prostitution 63
Land Grabbing 63
Master First Son Versus Servant First Daughter 64
Farm Robbers 64
Subscriptions for War 65

Limerick Poetry Cafe
The Proud Virgin 68
The Selfish Palmwine Tapper 68
Muddling Regimes 68
Dilemma Beyond Midstream 69
Cockroach in a Radio 69
Return of the Landlord 69
Wives in a Rage 70
Empowered to Oppress 70
Poised to Import Power 70
Gathering and Scattering for Food 71
A Choice Between 71
Okokosaka Premised Yam 71
Death Earned Abreast 72
Worsening Unemployment 72
Sane Kith and Kins 72

Acrostic Poetry Cafe
Lloyd 74
Ingrid 74
Rheums 74
Love 75
Hate 75
Strife 75
Forgiveness 76
Primitive 76
Sky 77
Froth 77
War 77
Peace 78
Grateful 78
End Game 79
Gainful Giving 79




About the Poetry Cafes

We have an outline of ten poetry cafes using haiku as our point of departure.

Haiku, otherwise known as hokku is an ancient form of Japanese poetry. It is a three-line poetic form; with the first line having five syllables, seven syllables on the second line and five syllables on the third line.

Senryu is yet another Japanese form of poetry that is similar to haiku in structure. Unlike the haiku, which dwells more on nature, Senryu thrives on human frailties and are often cynical or humorous.

Naani is an expression of one and all. One of the Indian's most popular Telugu poems, it consists of 4 lines, comprising a total of 20 to 25 syllables. Quite unlike haiku, its subject matter is not restricted to nature, but is fairly wide open.

Loop, as the type of poetry implies has the last word of the first line of each stanza becoming the first word of line two, last word of line two becomes the first word of line three, the last word of line three becomes the first word of line four. A creation of Hellon, it is bereft of restrictions on the number of stanzas nor on the syllable count on each line. The rhyme scheme is abcb.

Tanka poems are similar to haiku, but are usually endowed with more syllables and usually make use of similes, metaphors and personification in their expression of theme. Their subject matter comprises of nature, seasons, love, sadness and other strong emotions.

Lanturn: a lanturn or lantern poem is a cinquain form of poetry, in which the first line has one syllable and each subsequent line increases in length by one syllable, except for the final line that concludes the poem with one syllable. It originates from Japan and is considered as a shape poem, where a lantern emerges as the final shape when the words are centred to middle. Each of its lines are able to stand exclusively on their own. And while a lantern may go without a title, such a title when given sometimes function as an integral part of the poem, working as a sixth line.

Cinquain is a class of poetic forms that employ a five-line pattern. Over the years, it has evolved from any five-line form into one of several forms that are defined by specific rules and guidelines. It is a five-line stanza sestet that sometimes take a six-line stanza.

Tyburn is a six-line poem consisting of 2.2.2.2.9.9 syllables in which the first four lines rhyme and are all descriptive words. The last two lines also rhyme and usually incorporate the first, second, third and fourth lines as the fifth and eighth syllables.

Limerick is a humorous and frequently rude form of verse, which made its debut in the early years of the 18th Century in England. It comes in a five-line format that is typically anapestic trimester with a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA, in which the first, second and fifth lines rhyme, while the third and fourth lines are shorter and share a different rhyme.

Acrostic is a poem, where the first letter of each line spells out a word, vertically. The word, thus, spelt usually fits with the theme of the poem or exposes an often deeper meaning.






HAIKU
(NATURE HAIKU)
POETRY CAFE





1
Harmattan

Cold dry winds converge
South-west kiss north-easterlies
Causing harmattan.


2
Flooding

Sea spews bleeding ice
Ground water swells over land
Flooding everywhere.


3
Dazzling

Creek beneath dazzles
As sluicing sun-tongues thrust through
Rustling plant plumage.

4
Hibernating

Snails exude crunchy
Cocoon over orifice
As harmattan shield.

5
Moonlighting

Moonlight at night breeds
Succulent foliage green
For crunchy feeding.


6
Mating

In the dry season
Weaver birds flock together
Replicating breed.

7
Preying

Twinkling stars grimace
Python kills conquered victim
Swallows it slowly.


8
Satiation

Moping crocodiles
Dot fog covered lake surface
Fish breakfast over.


9
Gleeful Moments at Full tide

Mudskippers shuttle
Fishes slap tails on water
In its return tide.

10
Ebbtide Seasonings

Periwinkles sigh
Crabs rue atop swampy trough
Tidewater flows out.

Scavenger birds prey
On stranded fishes and prawns
As tidewater ebbs.


11
Flagging

Rainbow in the sky
Flagging rains for sunny times
Respite from rainfall.


12
Sunny Day

White clouds and blue skies
Oversee sunny tree tops
It's a sunny day.

13
Lingering

Seasons realign
Under swing of climate change
Harmattan lingers.


14
Seafaring

Sky kisses ocean
There are no more lands in sight
Sky and ocean reigns.


15
Shuttling

Wedged whirlpool wields wild
Scuttling pull on gliding weeds
Its mark time shuttle.








SENRYU
(HUMAN HAIKU)
POETRY CAFE



1
Shuttling

Boys shuttle canoe
Linked with rope to river bed
Procuring moluscs.


2
Rowing

Helmsman steers canoe
His men face him as they row
Pulls canoe forward.


3
Ticking

Tick tick onward march
Never ever stops to peep
Tick tick onward time.


4
Moving Train

All things near, slip past
Things far, on parallel march
It's a train journey.


5
Frowning

Cramped facial muscles
Hustle his choleric mien
As he comes frowning.


6
Smiling

Lax facial muscles
Undo his choleric mien
As he comes smiling.

7
Law Abiding

Good people obey
The agreed laws of the land
As fulcrum for peace.


8
Hurting

Bad boys fight dirty
All poised to hurt each other
Remorseful of friends.


9
Imprisonment

Crooked citizens
Break agreed laws of the land
Risk imprisonment.


10
Imparting

Imparting knowledge
Students imbibe taught modules
In classroom sessions.


11
Pollution

Misguided urchins
Screech breaks of the biotic
Bursting oil pipelines.


12
Endangering

Thriving industries
Endangering human lives
As they sluice spent waste.


13
Convocating

Huge graduate turn out
Sequel to convocation
Labour market screams.


14
Thrilling Warmth

Playful boys get thrilled
As rain strands strike creek water
Exuding farmed warmth.


15
Fulltide Seasonings

Men in skimpy dress
Throw nets making a good hawl
At vantage full tide.

Folks gleefully swim
Through their spiraled length of land
Wagging at fulltide.








NAANI
POETRY CAFE




1
Charred Ozone Layer

All its cells are miffed;
Rueing wear and tear
Caused by industrial effluents
Spewed by man for his undoing.


2
Yoked to Split

Lasting friendship eludes
Men and women these days.
Born experts in quarrels
Yoked together to split.


3
Divorce Galore

We're counting wilted love
Seen proliferating;
Never seen abating,
But caught toasting vexed divorce.

4
Made not to Score

Illicit drugs galore;
Keeping men high and bound;
Roped in bids not to score,
But made running round their goals.


5
Merchants in Governance

Government of merchants;
Trading wares that stifle;
Ensuring nothing works;
Save wares that line their pockets.

Watched up refineries;
Unbundled power grid;
Covert gas denial
Make up their sold agenda.

Governments are failing
In dwindling funds galore,
Where their native merchants
Line their pockets will lucre.

6
Misalliance

They're brothers and sisters;
Born of the same parents;
Caught fighting each other:
For reasons best known to them.


7
A Couple's Affair

They crack nuts together.
They've clearly drawn the line
As a couples affair.
Keeping all far from their mess.


8
Thrilling and Fighting

His side chick is to be,
While his wife is without.
Not a place for his wife,
When it comes to getting thrilled.

It's pay day spent with side chick;
Spent whining and dining.
It's pay day spent with wife;
Spent quarrelling and fighting.

It's the devil at work!
That's what they often say;
Bereft that it could be
One kind of madness at work.

Yes, madness types abound.
Fully at work in man
Are forty two of them
That push man and wife apart.


9
She Cares

What else shows she's human,
Than the fact that she cares;
Caring for animals
Like yourself that tear her down.

What a wonder couple
We have found you to be:
Tearing each other down
In rage; yet making babies.

When you wear smiles to kiss
And when you get disrobed
Of smiles to fight stuns me
And I wonder why she cares.


10
Street Wise

I was born in the street;
Cuddled by dogs and cats;
Weaned in a lion's den;
And made same of my offsprings.

I had seven rude sons
And five wayward daughters;
Each with their father's cap,
Which they wear to undo me.

We yell at each other!
That's not a strange happening!
All men and women fight;
Often to protect themselves.


11
Aging Far and Wide

I chose a mat of life
That shuns death and bakes life.
Embers of life school me;
Making me age far and wide.

12
Staying Even in Giving

People take to heart gifts,
But with lots of difference.
Some will pay you back all
And stay even in giving.


13
Embracing The Giant's Score

Shudder not at the size;
It will come crumbling down.
Perseverance berths feats;
Feats only scored by giants.


14
Group Grants of the Orphan

If the Orphan becomes
A helpless hungry child;
It's the gathering of all,
That grants him a roasted fish.

15
Single Parenting

Whether male or female,
You're a single parent,
When the child you're nursing
Lacks the touch of both gender.

Two makes complete gender.
One gender may excel,
But lacks schooled completeness
That male and female provides.

Nothing affords balance
Duly earned by a child
Much more than the good mix
of father and mother touch.

Stay married as husbands
And wives that never split
But sojourns together
For the upkeep of their child.

16
The Drunkard's Wife

She's the home's lonely ant;
Earning for man and child.
Her husband stands drooling
And smells of wine, while she earns.






LOOP
POETRY
CAFE






1
Technology for Development

Let the underdeveloped strive;
Strive for upgrading inventions;
Inventions that will process raw stock.
Stock devoid of processing sells low.
Low income is enhanced by technology.
Technology is it.
It rejuvenates growth;
Growth and development.


2
What's Yours is Yours

They can't wrest what's yours from you.
You own it and could be witnessed as such.
Such properties that you own remain yours.
Yours to keep and to be disposed at will.


3
Making the World Go Round

Money is scarce legal tender.
Tender it for a reasonable exchange.
Exchange makes the world go round.
Round and round as what is lacked;
Lacked by one is provided by another.


4
Keeping Friends

It pays well to be good looking.
Looking good attracts admirers.
Admirers come to make friends.
Friends are good to keep.
Keep them as treasures.
Treasures that could give you comfort;
Comfort that can sometimes be mischievous.


5
Cattle in a Lairage

Farmers and herders are both traders.
Traders make sales and are paid cash.
Cash is the needed stimulus for their continued trade.
Trade without cash tantamount to cheating.

Cheating occurs, when cattle graze without payment.
Payment for fodder is an even exchange.
Exchange where herder and farmer benefit is not cheating.
Cheating occurs, when one incurs loss and the other gain.

Gainful cattle grazing versus farmer's fodder loss.
Loss of fodder devoid of cash is cheating.
Cheating evokes unfriendly relations.
Relationships are built on give and take platforms.

Platforms that take with nothing in return builds strife.
Strife is between perceived cheaters and those cheated;
Cheated of fodder, which could have been sold.
Sold for cash to cattle in a lairage.


6
Greener Pastures

When you get out of here;
Here that has stifled you without job;
Jobs will come pulling and berthing on you.
You had better put on your reasoning cap;
Cap that is akin to that of Thomas.
Thomas the disciple of Jesus doubted;
Doubted if he was indeed the risen Christ:
Christ that died cannot be risen!

Risen jobs in Europe is as good as a fluke.
Flukes abound that attract to kill.
Kill the man and deny him from getting!
Getting out of here could be dangerous.
Dangerous for those, who died in the sea.
Sea death became the employer of the just;
Just as death in the desert had been the lot of many;
Many in search of seemingly greener pastures

7
Hierachy of the Wise

Take time to learn.
Learn to imbibe what's imparted;
Imparted to pull you higher;
Higher up the rungs of the wise.

8
Leaders that Matter

There's a time for everything.
Everything begins with learning;
Learning often produces masters:
Masters that rule the world;
World leaders that matter.

9
Prostitution is Evil

Prostituting is a grievous evil;
Evil that breeds wayward children.
Children are seen prostituting;
Prostituting and getting pregnant.
Pregnant for multiple men;
Men that deny paternity of their children.
Children suffer denied parenthood;
Parenthood is supposedly shared;
Shared between married mothers and fathers.
Fathers and mothers that end up going single:
Single in their respective ways;
Ways that care less about child welfare.
Welfare is denied and the child goes hunting;
Hunting for meat, where there's none.


10
Serving by Depriving All

It perhaps escaped their memory.
Memory oblivious of property held in trust.
Trust keepers in politics that plunder.
Plunder what's held in trust for our upkeep.
Upkeep of all now translates into upkeep of a few.
Few in politics that sidetrack all as lone consumers.
Consume all alone, where serving all is it.

It was Governor Alamieyeseigha, who first said it.
It is glaringly becoming true everyday:
"Everyday, politics gravitates as the only surviving industry".
Industry springs up and the next day winds up.
Up goes the numerical strength of political parties.
Parties never run dry to attract winding up.
Up goes the count of parties; down goes that of industries.

Industries should grow to sustain the economy.
Economy grows in a large scale, when industries proliferate.
Proliferate our parties and decimate our industries!
Industries gone at the expense of private interest aggregation.
Aggregation of public interest is no man's business.
Business as usual is the order of the day:
Day by day, we go biting and maiming the fingers that feed us.


11
Eyes as Lifeline

Hinge on eyes as lifeline for secured keeping.
Keeping us secured, it becomes our lifeline.
Lifeline to socialize freely without hiccups.
Hiccups often occur for lack of watchfulness.

Watchfulness is key for sighting and picking out the odds.
Odds seldom flourish under watchful eyes.
Eyes to keep all secured is our lifeline.
Lifeline to travel unscathed and unscuttled.

Unscuttled is the world where every eye is watchful.
Watchful of Commissions and Omissions.
Omissions that will trip the team and make us fall.
Fall headlong in disaster and annihilation.

Annihilation is where we all head, when aloof of watchfulness.
Watchfulness is the commission that keeps all alive.
Alive to flourish and excel as a community.
Community grows and develops on watchful eyes.


12
Wholeness

The whole works and keeps intact with principles;
Principles imbibed by its constituent parts.
Parts pruned and twisted together as groups err.
Err significantly, when divested of the principles of the whole.
Wholeness is a function of principles.
Principles corrupted sicken the whole.


13
Kitted as Cannibals

When did our values veer and kit?
Kit as ones tailored to kill.
Kill one another with relish like cannibals.
Times abhor a rise; perhaps, mimicking a fall.
Fall that courts cannibalism as a modern trait.
Trait averse to human existence.


14
Gonads on Rampage

Gonads robed in rare impunity guned them down.
Down and out they had become and gone.
Gone robed as grateful dead to their early graves.
Graves apparently expectant to welcome the undead.
Undead that live, and yet forgetful of all things.
Things toe themes that make men aflutter.
Aflutter outside and even within their homes.
Homes with members pulled apart in search of refuge.
Refuge even when found is kept ajar for all to trample.
Trample under feet of Gonads that gun down the undead.
Undead that would rather not fight to live.


15
Kidnapping

Man as bait for lucre?
Lucre earned in like-fashion is unjust.
Unjust for humanity to be used as bait.
Bait for lucre often squandered;
Squandered on women and vain glory.





TANKA
POETRY CAFE


1
The Enemies Delight

Like wild crazy cats;
Preying on their own kitten;
I see brothers fight;
Unbundling each other down;
Spilled for their enemies thrill.


2
Forward Looking Creeks

Like sluiced shooting stars,
Creeks meander from their source.
They can seldom turn;
Grievously around to fight;
Forward looking is their plight.


3
Hues of Righteousness

Greed may whirl with verve
In the affairs of humans,
But it can seldom
Befuddle and smear the hues
Of the righteously thrust ones.


4
Shrivelled Intellectual Fabric

Vain men and women;
With hearts webbed with wild termites
Ate up the nation's
Schooled intellectual fabric
And rendered us redundant.


5
Regrets of a Pipeline Vandal

We risk our future,
When we blow up sane pipelines.
We'll indeed be left;
With no rivers for fishing;
No fertile lands for farming.


6
Caging the Beast

Stop this senseless fight
Like warriors of yesteryears,
Who lifted and held
Sky high their social misfits,
That denied them wholesome sleep.

Holding them sky high
And extracting a promise:
"I'll let peace to reign!"
Akangha would yell at them
To say it loud, verbatim.

They always obeyed;
Betraying coruscating coyness
As exposed misfits
That always commit blunders:
"We'll let peace reign," they'll reply.

It's Obunagha's
Akangha's style of caging
The beasts in their midst.
"Will you still fight?" He shouted
Last in Okolobiri.


7
Superceding Guile with Science

Witches and wizards
Born black should like white witches
Apply their wisdom
In creating inventions
And abhor self-destruction.

See it as worthwhile
Peer review geared for the best.
The best will be seen
As garland for Africa,
When science supercedes guile.

Guile sluiced pervades all
That flickers in Africa.
Envy couriers all
As men plunder each other
To reign, where all are, but slaves.


8
Regimes of Termites

It's dwindling morals
Plundered by social termites
That ferry and keep
Us as rejected as chaff.


9
The Rush That Kills

Better to be late
Than be late, when all else live.
Make it earlier
Down to your destination
Than getting tripped in a rush.

10
A Snail's Sigh That Killed

A man killed his wife;
Thinking she sighed to mock.
Little did he know,
That it was the way of snails
To sigh at the dead of night.

Again came the sound.
Like from one viewing others
With overt disdain.
It then dawned on him clearly,
That it was a snail that sighed.


11
Tubers of Slave

Let humanity
gargle and spew out the phlegm
of vexatious norms,
that sequestrate fellow men
from the xylem of their tribes.

Whether sequestered
As flint for flaunting power
Or mere dint of pride,
it's inhuman to estrange
growing tubers from their sap.

Flaunting same plumage
as men and subjecting same
as slave sweat trolleys
should irk and spur all to fight
this benign cruise of labour.

As slaves, they're bereft
of substance and can scarcely
pride on their ripped chaff;
seldom used for their profit,
but that of their vain captors.

A shadowy shred
Of them suffered castration
to bar odd odious
seepage of demeaning stock
into their captor's birthpool.

A lonely lairage
of the stock were made mockers
of the filched eunuchs
as they're made to mate, increase
and raise their captor's profit.


12
Shadows Devoid of Turf

There was once a man;
a dark night coloured blackman
who got cowed and miffed
by the colour of his skin
and soon went about grieving.

He had a drilled urge
That made him look for white men,
whom he could exchange
his dark night coloured dark skin
for sunlight coloured white skin.

He was a white man;
mistakenly got cocooned
in charcoal black skin
looking for a sure way out
of his drilled predicament.

A plastic surgeon
chose to help him sluice the dark
night skin down the drain;
totally getting him white
and far from his dark night skin.

The same dark skinned man;
Now turned white saw some white men
mysteriously turned
black men and quickly ran back
for a likely reversal.

The plastic surgeon
Was quite blunt and evasive:
"I won't dance with you!
Better go and live with it.
It is irreversible!"

His twin types abound,
who suddenly get wowed and
primed on a wild spree;
hardly heeding wise flag down,
that could have halted their fall.

They're always propelled
on account of what they see
Other people do,
but are soon miffed and pelt down
as shadows devoid of turf.


13
Grubbing for Breakfast

Like students on break,
Thrilled garrulous cocks and hens
Scratch soil and matter
Fervently in search of food.
Grubbing and pecking garlore.


14
The Rainbow

Look at him seated
In bright myriad colours loud.
How long shall he stay?
This colourful; momentary
Visitor over the sky.


15
Be Thankful to God

Learn to be thankful
This ambivalence of love
And rage is for good.
Know him as God Almighty
That could make and still unmake.





LANTURN
POETRY CAFE



1
Time Bomb

Blood
Pressure
High or low
Courts imminent
Death.


2
A Stitch in Time

Skipped
Wisdom
Is as good
as foolishness
Ploughed.


3
Close Apart

Close
Apart
Enemies
Once flourished as
Friends.


4
A Thrilled Humanity

Good
inflates
joy; leaving
humanity
thrilled.


5
An Irked Humanity

Thrust
Evil
deflates joy;
leaving mankind
irked.


6
Out of Sink

Love
ignores
its fixed lines;
jolts apart loved
ones.


7
Men Accursed to Kill

Men
Accursed
with ill-wind
styled to commit
crime.


8
Hunger Causes Strife

Hushed
Hunger
is ready
tinder that wakes
strife.


9
Welcoming Good

Let
Evil
Be chizzled
out; welcoming
Good.


10
Fronting Like Sweet

What's
Bitter
Could feign sweet;
Fronting for what's
Sweet.


11
Divergent Ambivalence

Life
is built
on good food.
Bah! Disease brings
Death.


12
Sweet Apart

Sweet
When far
apart, but
irked as ones
close.


13
Twin Face of the Ocean

Keeps
still at
full tide and
rough, when the tide
ebbs.


14

Societal Needs as Jobs

Lets
explore
needs as grist
for unending
jobs.

Needs
duly
met is job
found, where one could
earn.

Good
Knowledge
of man's needs
arms us with good
jobs.

What's
needed
is supplied
making needed
wealth.

Wealth
seldom
comes without
mankind's expressed
needs.

Jobs
remain
a function
of give and take
chain.


15
Internet War

They're
Skybound
swept off beings.
Surfing lifts them
high.

It
lifts them
up terrains
that sluices all
out.

They're
in skies
that keeps all
aloof from close
ones.

Felt
neglect
occasioned
by their surfing
spews.

Spews
loved ones
wide apart
while the surfing
lasts.

Oh!
What an
Internet
war that separates
us.

It
divides
internet
goons from absent
ones.









CINQUAIN
POETRY CAFE



1
Mean Well Intervention

Bridle
Your thrust tongue.
Let cute restitutive
Wise counsel of your good doctor
Prevail.


2
Eagles and Ravines Delight

Leaves fall;
Leaving carcass
Where eagles and ravines
Take turns: surveying and hunting
Down prey.


3
The Barren Pawpaw Tree

Seasons
Come tumbling down;
Seeing you stagnated
With wild flowers far from yielding
Fit fruits.


4
Degrading Evil with a Smile

Temper
Justice with smile.
It's the smile you exude
That prunes the evil ones to sheath
Their sword.


5
Reciprocity

Carrots
Are eye friendly.
Culinary embrace
With them yields a nutritious pact
That pays.


6
Recalcitrant Dogs Astern

Gladly
Far from pre-empt;
Lets go astern in search
Of the barebones they kept hidden
From us.


7
The Widening Pains Galore

People
In painful cry
Worldwide; over scarcely
Discerned submerged grievances swept
Under.


8
Proliferating Stepped Upon Toes

Riled flight
Of grievances
Predominate worldwide;
With each saying, "you're stepping on
My toes."


9
Industrious Nigerian Women

Women
Of Nigeria.
Fleet of foot; nimble arms,
Daily gathering wealth and nutrient
For all.


10
Schooling as Enablement

Schooling
Gives life value.
Tenets taught and imbibed
Lend focus to the enterprise
Of man.


11
Two are Better Than One

One hand
Cannot with ease
Divest itself of dirt.
Two hands are needed if we must
Wash clean.


12
The Sniffer Church Rat

She sold
Her booked bed-space;
Resorted to squatting
And ended up like a sniffer
Church rat.


13
Hasty Avail

We now
Make haste to kill;
Much swifter than it took
God to mold and give man the breath of life.

We now
Make haste to steal;
Much swifter than it took
The real owner to gather such
Items.

We now
Make swift kidnap;
Hoping to make money,
Where we neither harvested nor
Sowed seeds.


14
Broken Apart to be Saved

Much more
than no other
time in human history
has humanity been split wide
apart.

With all
aeroplane flights
halted and all ships barred
from berthing, how else could handshakes
be made.

Maybe
by muddling through
bush tracks far from cajoles
of police and immigration
at work.

Even
then, the chances
of getting caught and be
punished is far more strife than stay
at home.

COVID-
19 is no
respecter of persons
but a respecter of social
distance.

Keeping
social distance
from one another saves
lives, but it has broken nations
apart.

15
Nations of Snags

Our teeth
clatter in hate
speech that sluice us apart
into smug potential nations
of snags.






TYBURN
POETRY CAFE


1
Security

Eating
Growing
Watching
Guarding
A well fed dog; eating, growing tall.
Standing secure; watching, guarding all.


2
Gathering Moluscs

Swimming
Diving
Seeking
Catching
Children; Swimming, diving in stream.
Gladly poised as seeking, catching team.

3
Death
Wailing
Grieving
Pleading
Fronting
Bereaved women; wailing, grieving sour.
People; pleading, fronting for detour.

4
Beauticians

Combing
Stretching
Shaping
Plaiting
They're seen; combing, stretching tangled hair.
Cutting; shaping, plaiting; full of flair.


5
Palpable Alliance

Teasing
Smiling
Laughing
Uniting
She is teasing, smiling in romance.
Thrusted in laughing, uniting stance.

6
Kidnapping

Scheming
Catching
Gagging
Thieving
Lazy men scheming, catching free men.
Found gagging, thieving caught specimen.

7
Forceful Organ Harvesting

Baiting
Shearing
Taking
Selling
Heartless men in baiting, shearing flesh.
They're taking, selling parts to refresh.


8
Impersonation

Sampling
Cloning
Drilling
Stealing
Image sampling, cloning exchange flight
Spent drilling, stealing identity.

9
Armed Robbery

Gourding
Gagging
Forcing
Robbing
Fierce looking men; gourding, gagging all.
Found forcing, robbing their wherewithal.

10
Human Trafficking

Peeking
Sneaking
Tearing
Selling
Merchants peeking, sneaking humans out.
Adrift; tearing, selling them about.

11
Prostitution

Touting
Eyeing
Hugging
Kissing
Lewd; touting, eyeing with craving spree.
Thrifless hugging, kissing without refree.

12
Land Grabbing

Scheming
Killing
Ousting
Grabbing
Mean men scheming, killing to own land.
Go ousting, grabbing with upper hand.

13
Master First Son Versus Servant First Daughter

Waiting
Earning
Getting
Owning
Assured; waiting, earning: no blow dealt.
First son getting, owning father's wealth.

Restless
Gainless
Selfless
Needless
Ever restless, gainless: losing all.
She's selfless, needless of father's stall.


14
Farm Robbers

Bailing
Plucking
Picking
Taking
Robbers bailing, plucking to reduce.
Night finds them picking, taking produce.

15
Subscriptions for War

Fuming
Swearing
Riling
Squabbling
Wild men fuming, swearing over breech.
Each riling, squabbling over hate speech.



LIMERICK
POETRY CAFE


1
The Proud Virgin

Our men folk sang of a girl of intense restrain,
"Not a boyfriend caught in her closet" was their refrain;
One of the singers asked, "To what end?"
She yelled, "Crowned virgin as dividend!
Since men disvirgin and regard their victims with disdain."


2
The selfish Palmwine Tapper

There was a beetle seen flying around a palmwine tree,
Which was always found buzzing like a bee.
People asked, "Do you tap for sale?"
"Yes," it replied, "but not when stale;
I tap and sip it all alone fresh from the tree."


3
Muddling Regimes

There administrative regimes come lingering,
Where they all know how to come clean is plundering;
They bequeath nothing one could learn
For those who have chosen to earn
In administrations whose agenda is muddling.

4
Dilemma Beyond Midstream

The menfolk of our time keep passing by and by;
All the husband figures prefer saying goodbye
I'm far beyond life's midstream;
Yet they say, I shouldn't scream,
When fish-egg husband figures come standing by.


5
Cockroach in a Radio

Crakraka Crocroko Coy
A cockroach clung to a radio dial as his toy.
They switched on the radio
The cockroach startled on the audio
Crakraka Crocroko Coy.


6
Return of the Landlord

There was a man who travelled out of town,
Who returned home and behaved like a clown.
Someone asked, "What is the matter?"
He replied, "All my stakes scatter!
They stole my land and say, I shouldn't frown."


7
Wives in a Rage

Someone saw Sondu's plump looking wives;
Cursing and pulling out well sharpened knives.
He asked, "What prompted this rage?"
They yelled, "Make Sondu a cage!
Why, he goes all out singing; forgetting he has wives."


8
Empowered to Oppress

Knock everyone Koikoi on the head,
The women highlighted everyone's dread
"Knock hard" was their refrain.
Someone asked, "Is that a gain?"
They replied, "His wealth knocks on people's head."


9
Poised to Import Power

News of collapsed national power grid;
Side by side billions owed and spent ingrid.
One may ask, "Spent to harness...?"
Without doubt, harvesting darkness!
Advertently sprout to import foreign power into the grid.


10
Gathering and Scattering for Food

Ants gather; chickens scatter,
Gathering and scattering on the same matter.
Ants gather to feed;
Chickens scatter to feed.
It's a peculiar way of serving their platter.


11
A Choice Between

A man was confused to make a choice,
He even faced the problem of not having a voice;
And sold his voice through a maiden,
Who sang, "Pull on me; choice proven!"
He concurred, "Kabou and Urhobo maidens are my choice."


12
Okokosaka Premised Yam

It's Okokosaka that determines sweet yam,
Yam that goes down well with pepper soup made with ram.
Okokosaka is sweetness stamp,
It's taste bud is a sweetness vamp.
Okokosaka inhabited yam are never a good taste dam.

13
Death Earned Abreast

A newly born goat refused to suckle its mother's breast.
Surprisingly, suckling of he-goats soon became its crest.
Foolishly, it hungered;
Side tracked by its kindred
Which saw its eventual death as earned abreast.


14
Worsening Unemployment

Unemployment worsens everyday,
More and more graduates pushed into the fray.
There's no proven way out;
It proliferates with its pout.
Reminiscing of an evil day restrained by delay.


15
Sane Kith and Kins

There are countless people with drug ravaged brains,
That merely smile as they earn drug shouldered gains.
Between are the stable ones,
Devoid of rift bygones.
They're sane kith and kins of unravaged brains.






ACROSTIC
POETRY CAFE

1
Lloyd

Let
Love
Occupy
Your
Domain


2
Ingrid

In this wholesome, untrodden
Neon hearts laced with cupid
Goes a smiling, smart
Reveling magnetic flux,
Intelligent enough to effect
Dovetail on all to their desired end.


3
Rheums

Rags held close to skin
Humiliate, when worn for ages long.
Excretions ululate seeking laundry;
Unmistakably hatching and causing
Mucous trickling to proliferate
Stinking serum in the air.

4
Love

Love is service rendered;
Occupier that never claims ownership;
Veering through constituent parts to vacate odds
Enveloped in error to unsettle the whole.


5
Hate

Hate is service held back;
At war with a thing to destroy it;
Takes steps to ensure that existence
Eludes it and buffets it into nothingness.


6
Strife

Settled life on earth
Takes peace to maintain.
Riling or reuing is far from native
In its scheme of essentials
Fetched often to serve as schooled
Ebullient tinder for social unrest.

7
Forgiveness

Forgiveness is like a cure
Often avoided by patients.
Redundant of turmoil and regrets, it
Gives succour to the hurt as well as the one
Inflicting the pain on the former.
Vessel that must be placated for an agreeable
Ending of released curses and invectives
Now nailed on the cross to miraculously
End the humanly irreconcilable imbroglio to set
Sail and rejuvenate the lull before the storm.
Shattered wounds made whole on the cross.


8
Primitive

Paying much heed to self-protection,
Restitution, often touted as an option
In the gathering of contemporary
Men was rejected among primitive men.
Imbued with an inclination to protect self,
The primitive man went all out
Invading and much more,
Vacating all known snares
Envisaged that could pose a threat.


9
Sky

Seen always high above the earth;
Kept far from human touch;
Yet serves as an eye over the earth.


10
Froth

Froth is synonymous with man:
Riggled out of the womb today;
Often trafficked in uncertainity,
That eventually causes it to fizzle out;
Hosted only for a while as something.


11
War

When sane reasoning halts among men
And they ironically
Resort to killing themselves.

12
Peace

Peculiar spirit of lull
Etched to stay, where no one
Acts at variance with the norm.
Contentment pervades and percolates;
Entrenching a world hedged out of strife.


13
Grateful

Good news unlimited is on your trail
Roaring against all that strive
Against you and your household.
Tears of joy shall daily pass
Enroute your dazed and dazzled eyes
Flowing and trickling down
Unlimited into every existent
Lane and sphere of your life.

14
End Game

End it all
Now, let all smouldering embers
Die, and stay flushed.
Going perpetually down the drain
As ones made to disappear
Mute, devoid of menopausal
Ending that would stall their fall.


15
Gainful Giving

Give all to the present
And get assuredly clasped
In an embrace with your future;
Now gasping in seizure
For breath to skew your nose diving plight
Up the elixir of benevolent flight
Laden with the dew of greatness.
Give all to the present
Inquire of their gory past, now
Very well hung, on an earlier quest
In the past to give all for the best
Nuts and treasure
Gainfully earned for their future.



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