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Our Lipton-scorched tongues told no lies

When we sang those early morning hymns.

This was before seven hours of

Dozing, learning, reciting and

Staring out of windows wondering where

The dirt-covered road lead.
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Laundry, comic book art and name-calling

Followed hurried lunches.

Those soiled roll-on deodorant balls

We smacked around with our new sandals,

Made good tennis games better.

We would compete or cheer in the

Occasional grappling and quarrelling

Over which superhero was strongest.
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As evening arrived and skies cooled,

A good shower or contraband perfume

Masked our uncultured selves

When we greeted pretty counterparts for night…


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On a whim I took a train to nowhere.

A stowed vehicle reminded me of

My dad’s old whip

And how it wheezed and cracked when it hit

Those burnt out Lagos roads.

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Oh captain, my captain!

I have found that conformity,

Though restraining,

Is peace and warmth reassuring;

’Tis a life of comforting meals and ravenous dreams.

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To have freedom is to nibble away

At joy till it becomes intoxicating.

To loosen up oneself and

Plunge into the unknown

Is to dare Death but truly live.

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When ambitious youth dream,

Do they wake up to know that

All roads converge in one?

That flying too close to the sun

Will only leave them undone?


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I remember creating my first social media account and being prompted to follow a suggested list of popular accounts. I remember asking for a follow back from every new person I followed, both friends and strangers. I remember the flood of unusual excitement that followed a ping from my phone. I remember feeling rejected when, after hours, there were no engagements on my posts; no comments, no shares, no retweets, no new follows and no likes. I remember admiring people who had several followers and viral activity on their profiles. I remember the feeling of want and lack while I…

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