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Category: Poetry Collection

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Together despite all odds, Now 60

Together despite all odds, Now 60 Since the day when River Niger and River Benue became lovers, And 1914, when Northern and Southern Nigeria got married, To 1960, when Nigerians got liberated and united We have seen; and we’ve conquered several odds to stay together as one. Together, we’ve torn wide apart the jaws of…
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The Hate U Give

Every day break gives a new dawn So far it’s been dawn without a difference At each dawn I awake with great expectations I look through the windows of Nigeria Hoping that the headlines will change And that our headlights will be brightened So that we can at least have a spotlight if not limelight.…
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The Responsibility Of Fatherhood By Edgar Guest

BEFORE you came, my little lad, I used to think that I was good, Some vicious habits, too, I had, But wouldn’t change them if I could. I held my head up high and said: ‘I’m all that I have need to be, It matters not what path I tread,’ But that was ere you…
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Toasting an African Lady

“Toasting an African lady” is a poem written by Victor Eshameh. The 2019 poem is a love rendition that expresses the desire of a lover to his beloved. The poet demonstrated what toasting a lady is in some parts of Nigeria. He used pidgin English to express most of his points as would the youth.…
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How did we get here – Victor Eshameh

Why is the best fruit always forbidden,Why is the hard way always the best way,Why is sugar so sweet, yet too dangerous,Why is love so needed, yet breaks heart. Get intoxicated, get high and fear less, the society feels you’re wrong.That’s what I don’t get no more,Who dictates what’s right and that which isn’t?Me? You?…
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Raider of the Treasure Trove by Lade Wosornu

But what can be worthy of your life? What dearer than the gems or your dreams; The reason you are here? Always strive To fly flags of joy, and, sail up streams Powered by the breeze of love, your course Chattered in the ink of compassion And, fling roses wherever you pause Heavens-on-earth your destination.…
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The Good-Morrow By John Donne

The Good-Morrow By John Donne I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I Did, till we loved? Were we not weaned till then? But sucked on country pleasures, childishly? Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers’ den? ’Twas so; but this, all pleasures fancies be. If ever any beauty I did see, Which I…
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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night By Dylan Thomas

“Do not go gentle into that good night” is a poem in the form of a villanelle, and the most famous work of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914–1953. Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though…
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The Grieved Lands by Agostinho Neto

The grieved lands of Africa In the tearful woes of ancient and modern slave In the degrading sweat of impure dance Of other seas Grieved The grieved lands of Africa In the infamous sensation of the stunning perfume of the Flower Crushed in the forest By the wickedness of iron and fire The grieved lands…
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The leader and the led by Niyi Osundare

“The Leader and the Led,” by Niyi Osundare tells the story of an animal kingdom lacking leadership based on rivalry and imperfection. Most powerful animal in the kingdom saw the reason and right to become the ruler yet their power seemed to be their flaws (the reasons for them not to be voted). The trouble…
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The Song of the Women of my Land by Oumar Farouk Sesay

‘The Song of the Women of my Land’ by Oumar Farouk is a forty-eight line poem that does not follow a specific rhyme scheme or metrical pattern. The lines are quite different lengths with the shorts containing one word and longest: twelve. Despite being no consistent patterns in the text, the poet does make use…
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Bat by D.H. Lawrence

D.H. Lawrence is an English writer. Lawrence is popular for his novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, and literary criticism. At evening, sitting on this terrace, When the sun from the west, beyond Pisa, beyond the mountains of Carrara Departs, and the world is taken by surprise … When the tired…
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Summary & Theme of the poem: A government driver on his retirement

The setting is in a post-colonial Africa or elsewhere where people take up government jobs. The persona is a driver in the government service. He sets the narrative in celebratory tone as he has fulfilled his life’s ambition, thus invites his friends and well-wishers to come and celebrate with him but thereafter, he never lived out his life in retirement as was anticipated.

BLACK WOMAN – By Leopold Sedar Senghor

Leopold Senghor is the greatest of the Francophone African poets. He was born in Senegal, in 1906, and schooled both in Dakar and in Paris, France. This poem was written when Leopold Sedar Senghor was in exile in France. The celebration of the black body of a woman was rare in the art that the…
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A government driver on his retirement by Onu Kingsley Chibuike

A government driver on his retirement by Onu Kingsley Chibuike, one might call ‘Twist of fate/Irony of life or Situational irony’ whereby a day that ought to be celebrated for freedom from daily stress associated with forced waking up early every day for work and having spent thirty-five years of meritorious service to his fatherland,…
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Journey of the Magi (Christmas Poetry)

A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.” And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory, Lying down in the melting snow. There were times we regretted The summer palaces on…
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Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

Magnum Opus, and Nothing Less

It is impossible to appreciate the sun without the sky We cannot appreciate breath without acknowledging air So is the story of my found love For how can I tell a story of an angel without God? God owns all things; He gave all to me in a woman A matchless beauty, incomparable comeliness An…
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Tomorrow When I Wake Up – Frank Solanki

Tomorrow when I wake up I’m gonna need a shake-up Cause I’ve had a little break-up And there’s nothing I wanna take up O’ Love Well my soul will need some cleaning Now that life has lost its meaning When all I needed was a little love And a shoulder for some leaning O’ Love…
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If I might choose – John  Anster

If I might choose where my tired limbs shall lie When my task here is done, the oak’s green crest Shall rise above my grave — a little mound, Raised in some cheerful village cemetery. Also See: A Poem By Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o on COVID-19 And I could wish, that, with unceasing sound, A lonely…
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The Discovery – Monk Gibbon

Adam, who thought himself immortal still, Though cast from Eden, not knowing yet of death, Nor guessing that what has beginning ends, Nor that the life goes also with the breath, Also See: 3 heartbreak poems that will make your eyes wet by Frank Solanki Wandering in empty fields one day, Pushing the grass aside,…
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To my daughter Betty, The gift of God – Thomas M. Kettle

In wiser days, my darling rosebud, blown To beauty proud as was your mother’s prime, In that desired, delayed, incredible time, You’ll ask why I abandoned you, my own, And the dear heart that was your baby throne, To dice with death. And oh! They’ll give you rhyme And reason: some will call the thing…
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The Progress of Poetry – Jonathan Swift

The farmer’s goose, who in the stubble Has fed without restraint or trouble, Grown fat with corn and sitting still, Can scarce get o’er the barndoor sill; And hardly waddles forth to cool Her belly in the neighbouring pool! Nor loudly cackles at the door; For cackling shows the goose is poor. Also Read: POETRY:…
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If love is war, where would I find peace?

I want to pretend it’s not true I don’t want to start another fire I don’t want to give my heart away to another stranger I have a heart and I have desires I guess these make up my heart desires However life is not fair Regardless I’ve no fear I still smile when I…
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Being Brave At Night – A Poem by Edgar Guest

The other night ’bout two o’clock, or maybe it was three, An elephant with shining tusks came chasing after me. His trunk was wavin’ in the air an’ spoutin’ jets of steam An’ he was out to eat me up, but still I didn’t scream Or let him see that I was scared – a…
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Perfect woman

She was a phantom of delight When first she gleam’d upon my sight; A lovely apparition, sent To be a moment’s ornament; Her eyes as stars of twilight fair; Like twilight’s, too, her dusky hair; But all things else about her drawn From May-time and the cheerful dawn; A dancing shape, an image gay, To…
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The Executioner’s Dream

The Executioner’s Dream was written by Kwesi Brew. This poem effectively captures the dark side of human sacrifice, using the traditional African example as means of making a universal statement.

What Will You Do, Love?

“What will you do, love, when I am going, With white sail flowing, The seas beyond? – What will you do, love, when waves divide us, And friends may chide us For being fond?” “Though waves divide us, and friends be chiding, In faith abiding, I’ll still be true! And I’ll pray for thee on…
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Have You Earned Your Tomorrow

Did you waste the day, or lose it, was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness or a scar of discontent?

Hymn Against Pestilence

A great pestilence namely the Buide Connail (the Yellow Plague) which ransacked all Ireland and left only one man in every three alive led to this hymn by St. Colman.

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