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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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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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