Odoh Okenyodo


When Poets Have Stopped Writing - Poem by Odoh Okenyodo

(Dedicated to Mutabaruka)


The day is bright and jubilant
The elephant is getting victory over ants
But poets have stopped writing
Ten years now, and counting!

They're rolling out drums of crude
For the retired poets to be booed
they are clashing jubilant cymbals 
In all the state capitals

Everywhere is clad in excited uniforms
Prancing on horses and waving guns
The Republic shall now live in piss
All insults on the President have ceased

All poets have stopped writing
Language lies there, for breath it's gasping
I shall not die but live and revere you
The poets have stopped, all but two

One has gone on Virgin Galactic
If she returns, praise be to Richard Branson
The new secretary of our future ancestors
The other poet is now adviser to the President

Poets are singing lonesome songs in Lagos
They dance to footfalls of smoking girls
Dry pens shall write again, they sing
Oh peeens shall write again, we chorus

And then follows the silence....
And silenccccccccccce....
cccccccccccccccccccccc.. ..
.......eeeeeeellipses

Topic(s) of this poem: art, poets, politics

Form: Prose Poem


Comments about When Poets Have Stopped Writing by Odoh Okenyodo

  • (3/15/2015 10:53:00 AM)


    A poem about poets and the problems facing by them a good writing theme. (Report) Reply

    Odoh Okenyodo Odoh Okenyodo (1/5/2016 12:45:00 AM)

    Thanks, Gangadharan.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 15, 2015



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