Oluwatosin Richard Shiba Aribo


Unclothed - Poem by Oluwatosin Richard Shiba Aribo

It is both for the hubris
And for the forward gaze

I raise my song to you
From the boughs of my soul
I hurtle down this song
Unclothed
And through the teeth of revolting thunders!
I strike the old flints
Spark this new jewel
Spewed out from cars, from toilet seats!
Spewed out from waiting rooms, from beds, chairs, floors
Spewed out from under the moonlight while the cats mated in the flowerbed
While senators blabbed about motleys and creeds
While a mare got caught in a snare
And the hunter closed in to finish off!
While the tiler of fields was at his work
Spewed while farmers strolled back from faltering harvests
Spewed as the City drowned in a frenzy of automobile hoots, pickpockets and trader banter
Spewed as the world grinds!
Grinds like metals, sparks, carbon
Spewed for the hubris
For the forward gaze

I've come to grips with the struggle
I'm loosened to its winds
I ride along
Like a matador in blue jeans and with a
Gospel!
Shiba[2011]


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012



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