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Ridwan Olamide Poems
Trapped In A Noose
That instant, that I seized to hear, that I saw it all, even with my eyes shut,
In a world that knows no order, and all we fear is hunger, we survive even at the cost of murder, we set our ideals so little do we bother.
Flying birds and humming bees, Beautiful walkways between tall trees, Memories from years back, How sweet is the sound of my home.
'With ease' warns the watchman, Nay, I shall go forth with all zeal, Little I know of this vain quest, 'Leave me to wallow in ignorance' I yell.
It's seems a finger's breadth away, But indeed it's so distant, My quest for it leads me astray, But to return, I'm reluctant,
Awaken O Body!
Ye Soul! I summon you, Never turn away heedless, Little indeed is the time that's left,
Like a bat hunting at noon, with its ears stuffed with muffs, I sit within these walls, pretty ignorant of the bizarre colloquy.
Inevitable: Blood and Tears
Not until then, when veins are slit in millions, when skins go cold in unison, and death is a responsibilty,
A Believer's Travels
A mile, then the next, Ten miles, then another, A hundred miles and still counting.
Friendship is breakable handle it with care, Friendship is inflammable keep away from fire,
The Dark Times
Dazed with fear he walked on, filled with despair he continued,
Awake, Mother Africa! ! ! It is a bright bay the world awaits you from the sunrise in the east
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Trapped In A Noose
that I seized to hear,
that I saw it all,
even with my eyes shut,
I had tied the noose,
and I could barely wait,
for the freedom that awaits,
or that I assumed.
Woe to me!
I had never been so mistaken,
I saw not what I expected,
what I bargained for, clearly it was not,
Forward, I dared not move,
certainly not a willful choice,
return, I could not,
even as my entire being yearned to.
Sunk in regret,
I lie in wait, albeit a painful one,
for the day I hope not to see,
for that day, I leave this ...