Selected Poems From Adeola Ikuomola


For dry morsels we mourn
Like censored mousers
In wasteful waves we wail
Like embattled cargoes
For dry morsels we roar
Like lightning-castrated thunders
Our voice boxes are boxed
Like thudded cowherd drums
For dry morsels we sigh
Like the skies ravaged by smokes
Our enumerated rib rumble
Like the woeful earthquakes
Interred in cardinal courtyards
Encompassed by vile compasses
The triumphant truths truncated
To triple-fatten the wild falsehoods
In our nightmares we neigh
Like wild bees-invaded horses
With diehard deceitful change
Misfiring in our thick-skinned forests
From viperous chambers of regrets
We regress into our electoral lockers
Our ballot papers to be readdressed
To refashion our defaced democracy


The outdated sunlight
In her dark night gown
Double-clicked darkness
To mourn her overweight
Upon the swiftest waterfall
Lynching her feministic gaits
Within glassine masculine gates


Come, eagles
Arched to strike
Smoke the mountains
With your lightning strikes
Come, eagles
Troubled to strike
Brighten the dark valleys
With your lamp holding strikes
Come, eagles
Travailing to strike
Deafen the silent graves
With your dirge-bearing strikes
Come, eagles
Castrated to strike
Circumcise the dewy dawns
To benchmark the slothful sunrays


The sky is caught coughing
Invoking tonal tomb tones
Time for citizens to mourn
Crowns interred for thorns
Wild were our nightmares
Hot were our conspiracies
Light woefully terminated
Remitted dual dark dirges
With our afflicted tin cups
Echoing our rib-kit bowers
Noisily for bread we yawn
Upon brakeless water falls
Our country lacking poetry
Ruins all our smiling similes
With alienated alliterations
Bait showcasing body bags


We are odd members
In the bucket brigades
Downplaying fire balls
In death-dating dawns
We air our nutty fruits
To make the skies sick
And coloured our gifts
To star sack sanctuary
Within fanged tongues
Our hymn books faked
From dubious decimals
Our keyboard interred


We buried our heads
Down bloody breads
Sewing litter spreads
To inherit our dreads
We soaked our brains
Down perishing drains
Surfing high sea trains
To measure our strains
We flipped cold pages
Like birds in foul cages
From the black stages
We inherit wreckages
We had dreadful rites
With the bubonic rats
Upon all earthly rights
Downwards life writes


We have got them
Like redhead irons
Bare fanged woes
Bloody nightmares
We did brine them
Dark slots to retain
In our thumbprints
Deep scars escalate
We disfigured them
The potent wisdom
And understanding
Beneath foot marks
Adeola Ikuomola
Tel: 08076773131

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Articles by Adeola Ikuomola