Idris Abayomi Alade
Down The Cemetery Road - Poem by Idris Abayomi Alade
No other roads led to the place
Except this long deserted cemetery road
I looked down the vast deserted road
Trees of different species and sizes
Danced to the tune of the roving wind.
THE SPIRITS OF THE DEAD LAY SIEGE
My mind echoed.
Fear gripped me
My soldiering heart melted
And my legs became heavier than normal
I stood for awhile
The thought of going back whence I came
Rented my mind.
The wind blew stronger as if to tell me to follow my mind
And somewhere in the thick
I heard the frightening cry of birds
I WON'T TURN BACK BECAUSE OF FEAR
AFTER ALL THESE AMPHIBIOUS JOURNEYS, I muttered.
I lifted my heavy legs
And down the road I headed
The wind blew stronger and stronger that my clothes bellowed
THEY ARE HERE! I heard within myself.
WILL THEY HARM ME? I questioned myself
The inevitability of death came to my mind
ALL THAT LIVE MUST DIE AFTERWARDS, I said.
ONLY THE GOOD WORKS OF ONE LIVE ON
An unidentified voice uttered.
I looked round and found no one
I quicken my pace down the road.
At the end of the road
I remembered the statement I heard was my late granny's favourite statement
THE DEAD HAS SPOKEN TO ME, I concluded
I made up my mind to do good as I go on my mission
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