ajayi olubunmi kolade

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Gamete-To-Genesis - Poem by ajayi olubunmi kolade

Halved. In years, for years
And through years, in halves
I was halved.

One, dual, many and millions.
Still ’twas whole and
Now reduced. Sartoli pruned.
And time tames to train
In the tail of epididymis.
At after times, began–at the protest
Of nerves and hormones–
The preening other half, unlike–
Before the wake–
Death was its finale.

Before the wake was its wait,
In clothes and coats it grew.
Reduction unequal, and its
Partings were for death
Attained fully at the meet,
Since alone it must be met.
I envy your prudence, women.

A cavern of two holed boughs.
Fingers tetanic. That wafted
The other half to the ampulla–
Breadth of my halves meet;
Site of my first breath.
In millions, it came,
Prepared for its course. The other, alone.
An expedition of masters to a paramour.
This heart is for one!

They coursed the limb, to the cavern
Excited, they stayed, honeymooned.
And stranded, by a strand.
It takes two, through time, to become one.

They met in pleasure,
Through pain I came;
And pain I met.
Hence I cried and exclaimed
‘In you is Heaven,
Why live in Hell? ’


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, February 25, 2010



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