Poems

We have got a collection of thought-provoking poems authored by poets from different backgrounds.

GIRLS LIKE YOU HAVE NO HISTORY by Angel Nwobodo

GIRLS LIKE YOU HAVE NO HISTORY by Angel Nwobodo

GIRLS LIKE YOU HAVE NO HISTORY by Angel Nwobodo Girls like you have no history - Second Runner-up of the 2018 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category) i Women like us carry shame in our names - mother. iiYour mother shows you pictures of her -...

SHE FORGETS SHE’S A WOMAN by Abu Bakr Sadiq

SHE FORGETS SHE’S A WOMAN by Abu Bakr Sadiq

SHE FORGETS SHE’S A WOMAN by Abu Bakr Sadiq She forgets she's a woman - First Runner-up of the 2018 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category) I’ve watched her body grow in leaps Breaking the boundaries of sins unseen Where women are forbidden...

MY FATHER HEW OUT HIMSELF ON MY SKIN by CJ Onyedikachi

MY FATHER HEW OUT HIMSELF ON MY SKIN by CJ Onyedikachi

MY FATHER HEW OUT HIMSELF ON MY SKIN by CJ Onyedikachi My Father Hew Out Himself on My Skin - Winner of the 2018 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category) & my body like the blue bed—called a man to existence. My father's mouth’s the size...

MAY THE LAND BE TRULY SECULAR by Kamarudeen Mustapha

MAY THE LAND BE TRULY SECULAR by Kamarudeen Mustapha

MAY THE LAND BE TRULY SECULAR by Kamarudeen Mustapha MAY THE LAND BE TRULY SECULAR (For Leah Sharibu) We peel peace layer by layer Till nothing remains of our sanity We betray all orderliness at home Till gloating terror ambushes our bravest hopes Then, we start again...

KOOWE’S CRY by Seyi Omotoso

KOOWE’S CRY by Seyi Omotoso

KOOWE'S CRY by Seyi Omotoso Hear the sonorous voice as it re-echoes in the distance The deadly release that murders our hearts Hear it again and again - Koowe - the horrified bird that sings and you die Hear the ancient spirit that talks in tears Before you'd say I...

IM-PRESSED by Oredola Ibrahim

IM-PRESSED by Oredola Ibrahim

IM-PRESSED by Oredola Ibrahim Burdens. Faceless arrogant burdens glean your back to a bed of thorns. ... as you roll from side to side, Negotiating with pangs feeding on your empty heart— You run a million probabilities of where you could have been, except this...

TERROR TALES AND BLOODBATH by Israel Olaniyan

TERROR TALES AND BLOODBATH by Israel Olaniyan

TERROR TALES AND THE BLOOD BATH by Israel-Triumph Olaniyan PRESCRIPT Rabbi was a young girl of five, and she watched men with knives drawn cut down her Father and mother like meat on the butcher's slab. Sinzu was on his way home to tell his parents about his new job...

MOURN FOR US by Oluwafemi Babasola

MOURN FOR US by Oluwafemi Babasola

MOURN FOR US by Oluwafemi Babasola we who are left breathing ghosts trapped in traversing bodies whose crushed spirits seek repose beneath the shadows of funeral wreaths who will rekindle banters baked in the smile of a child sucking a mother's breath shared with...

ROSES BROKE MY FALL by Eze Kenechukwu

ROSES BROKE MY FALL by Eze Kenechukwu

ROSES BROKE MY FALL by Eze Kenechukwu They come to me after midnight - Flashbacks of you, I greet them with tears. These shards of glass - In our garden Remind me of the thorns we bore. We loved like fire - Scalded tongues Purple teeth marks on skin.   You were...

LOVING MYSELF by Daniel Ajayi

LOVING MYSELF by Daniel Ajayi

LOVING MYSELF by Daniel Ajayi Like the birds fleeing in desert Like the slave in king’s palace Like mama loving to stay in village Like the rich men of Lagos Like the syndrome of my mind sheered I gave up the pain to sacrificially gain the heart of loving oneself...

BETRAYAL by Ken Odenigbo

BETRAYAL by Ken Odenigbo

BETRAYAL by Ken Odenigbo The host, says the field is clear, We wonder in fear, we are unwell, Because the night draws near. It’s time for war, little time for us to dwell. Betrayer! traitor! Our comrade, our danger, A rouge vindicator. Once a captain, now a stranger....

HOW DEAD MEN COME BACK HOME by Kanyinsola Olorunnisola

HOW DEAD MEN COME BACK HOME by Kanyinsola Olorunnisola

HOW DEAD MEN COME BACK HOME by Kanyinsola Olorunnisola [for Safia Elhillo, after her collection, “Asmarani”] We only mourn dead men, so why do you grieve for a man whose name takes on a life in your mouth? The way his songs pour you back into a minstrel in search of a...

Isolation

Our third issue ever, "Isolation" is out. We had thought-provoking conversations with Alexis Teyie and Tobi Nifesi. It's a collection of works from some of the finest minds out there -- poetry, short stories, interviews, and creative essays.

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