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A Poem by:

Olutayo Kadmiel Osunsan

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The sun rises like a burden

On the shoulders of the youth

And it blazes like fire

On the thatch roofs of our huts.


It scribbles wrinkles on the walls

And it frightens the young ladies

That they will one day realise

The textures on the cracking huts.


The young men know the lashes

Of the heat strokes on their back

While digging for yam tubas

Carved as yam peels do under the sun.


Like an endless burden the sun

Rises day after day after ...

And the twilight moon is all

That is left to gape for:

When elders gather and drum stories

Into young ears with rhythmic sighs and moral gestures.


Around the fire they sit as the old sprinkle

Hot ashes of legends that they strive to become.


Olutayo Kadmiel Osunsan
Copyright © 2003

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