Wednesday, May 30, 2007

For May 29 (This Version Not Final)



The Night God Hung Our New President

The night God hung up
Our new President, poisoned umbrellas
And long knives were the new stars.

The werewolves showed up pot-
Bellied with long dead promises;
And shrouds swaddled our age-

Less questions, now eight years older.
Beneath tents of green & white smog
Bats in agbada played Jazz on saxo-

Phones that bled petro-naira
From knife-wounds in the neck.
The scorpion and the tortoise took their place

In the eagle square ball,
So that from that moment,
Another retromingent night began to drip

Black dew through its fallen zipper.
Dear God, for my sake, smile. Please.

(c) Buki Omo-Alagbede, May 2007

4 comments:

Uzezi said...

When are you going to put a book on poetry out? I think I have asked you this question before

BOA said...

Hi Uzezi,

thanks for dropping by.
Actually, I already have ONE book out... you may see it (image and ordering info) on the left hand panel of my blog... It was published in the UK, and is unfortunately not available in any Nigerian bookstores (which is MY fault I guess)... but again, I'm hoping to publish it locally as well... thanks for asking... keep writing...

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