Ajibola Tolase


When I Ruled


Decades before your birth
I flooded the city with men
Turning about on rotten sticks
I did it for me
I knew your father wanted me in a hole

Now I'm alone
I wish I didn't eat your apple
Before your birth

I wish I built castles in air
My clay molds no more

If I could swim to the deepest of oceans
I would visit the mermaid
Perhaps be her groom
My heavy arms swim no more

Though I jumped
I never got to fly
I would have brought the clouds

Time took my throne
And time is coming for yours

Prints on mud never leave
Stamp your foot
While it rains

Submitted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 29, 2013

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  • Rookie Nurain Ali-balogun (7/29/2013 5:25:00 AM)

    And that is a masterpiece (no flattery intended) . I do have my own silly interpretation of the poem that really makes me like it. My head is humbly bowed. (Report) Reply

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