Olalekan Ololade Sobande


Lekan Meets Aminat - Poem by Olalekan Ololade Sobande

I hear your call! I hear it far away!
I want to review your face again
and feel your cold embrace
and inhale your breath
come away, my love, from street.
- - -
Now we have come to you,
and are amazed to find
those you have loved and respected
mock you to your face
being behind myself, I can see only you
- -
Two dark shadows on the wall,
which merge into one as I chose beside you
when at last the light are out;
and I feel your hands in mine
two human breaths join in one.

Topic(s) of this poem: love

Form: Ode


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This simple but subtle poem is one of the frequently anthologised poems of Sobande Olalekan. The poems in subsection of Olalekan's collection deal mainly with love and ''lekan meets Aminat'' particularly captures the amount of certainly and assurance when love is naturally given and accepted.
This particular poem builds up to a climax of expectation which is then shattered. But what is most reaveling is the naivety and the implied self-mockery of the speakers expressed through the cliché with which he cloths his expectations. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the poem is its title.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 28, 2015



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