Poems

Yoruba Demons or Angels in disguise

Did you hear about the angel The one wearing a white agbada with matching fila Or did you see him walking with his mates wearing sunglasses indoors Let me tell...

Poem – The taste of you

Mother said to beware of the sly ones The coy one that never made the same statement twice She said to watch out for the sweet ones They always had...

Silence the voices

Maybe – Poem

  Maybe you’ll go, I’m asking as I pray, Maybe I’ll open the door that will make you stay.

When the devil whispered

I was failing I saw the test coming yet I still failed My own reaction caught me of guard The extent of provocation I could not withstand I thought I...

Salewa

Salewa, Why are you crying? Why are you seating in your room weeping? Salewa, Life was not meant for this Wallowing all day in self pity. Salewa you were not...

Ma sukun mo

Ma sukun mo This bitterness will pass The wind of change is coming The hell you’re in is fading

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I saw a photo today that made me laugh I laughed so hard my belly hurt I instantly thought of you I wanted to share it with you I wanted...

Underestimate

Do not underestimate the power of your words, the power in them when you speak, you string them so lyrically, punch after punch you get your point across. You forget...

Sons of the Sun

Do not forget that your mother was a tomato seller at Alade market When your father was wasting his seed on Allen Avenue She was investing in your future She...

Resilience

Put your hand on your chest, Feel your heart beating? That is motivation   -Damiloves

Just a stop

pain is not the destination it is just a stop on the journey I know you often go there to the darkness, where pain thrives It may be familiar there...

Angry Black Woman

Angry black woman Tell me what are you angry about Is it the colour of your skin? Strong and un-ageing like an onyx? Is it the texture of your hair...

One Day

One day you will forgive yourself One day you will look at your scars and have no regrets The day is coming when those scars will fade When all the...

Hear Word

I dedicate this poem to all the women who declared 2015 to be the year of Bae or The One. Please, if the one you found or the one who...

Secret

Secret

Tell me a secret a secret about me tell me something about me that I do not know show me the things I do not see What about my presence...

Plain Pain

watch out for the happy ones, they cry themselves to sleep look out for the courageous one he is the one who fears all heights take care of the dependable...

Solape

Solape

Solape is crying, she said her lover is gone Solape is weeping she said he came and took it all She said she’s leaving the land of the living Solape...

I Do Not Know

I Do Not Know

There are many things I never learnt, so much more that I cannot comprehend. Like why your face lights up when you see me, yet your words don’t match your...

Better Off

Where are you really from; my answer, Nigeria. His response, “you are better off here”, my retort, nothing. Nothing because I cannot yell, I cannot scream. I cannot at the...

Practice Shut-Up

the law of shut-up is not hard practice it often, and you will become a master shut-up every day and you’ll see the law of shut-up will set you free...

Masks

You said your beauty was only skin deep You said your secrets were the company you keep You said your flaws had changed your worth You said his eyes were blinded...

Tell Them

Tell them I’m still here Tell them that I am still breathing Tell them that I still fear Yet my feet are still moving Tell them you did not find...

Forgive My Colour

Forgive My Colour

Forgive my colour I was not born this way. black Forgive my speech my tongue was twisted that way in the south forgive me that my audacity is simplicity my...

Beautiful

she called me beautiful, it sounded like a question; how dare I be mistaken as a beauty? it was an accusation, I had no right to be so audacious. she...

Illusion

Dear Illusion, Do not assume that because I seem strong I am so When cut I bleed red too I have seen it, and blood is not cute If you...

Emi Mimo

You said you’d pray for me when no one else could. Emi Mimo you said that when my heart was too heavy, Each time my lips were too tired to...