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A Poem: I Still Hope,I hope

By Regina Alabere on Sat, 04/06/2016 - 10:00

I was born in 1990

A time where our parents instructed us to never give money to beggars

We would turn into yams or goats if we collect things from strangers

I had to look at my mother’s face, seeking approval before I could collect a gift

Or else  midnight will be filled with cries instead of sleep.

Things were cheap

The only thing I knew about was the harshness of the military regime

And the excess pesticide used in beans that led to many deaths

Apart from that, life was  relatively good

Abiku by Wole Soyinka

By Regina Alabere on Wed, 11/05/2016 - 15:39

In vain your bangles cast

Charmed circles at my feet; 

I am Abiku, calling for the first

And the repeated time.


Must I weep for goats and cowries

For palm oil and the sprinkled ash? 

Yams do not sprout in amulets

To earth Abiku's limbs.


So when the snail is burnt in his shell

Whet the heated fragments, brand me

Deeply on the breast. You must know him

When Abiku calls again.


I am the squirrel teeth, cracked

The riddle of the palm. Remember

'Richard Cory' by Edwin Arlington Robinson

By Regina Alabere on Fri, 29/01/2016 - 12:25


Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
"Good-morning," and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich – yes, richer than a king –
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

What I Learned- A Poem

By Maria Ocheja on Thu, 22/10/2015 - 10:48

 This week, Maria Ocheja shares an inspiring poem about life hurdles and experiences.                    

  What I Learned

I have seen people drown in their own unshed tears

I have heard that even death cannot eradicate a fiery feud

I hear that people die in silence, but noise is still despised

Even a madman said we are all madmen chasing after the wind

The Mad King - A Poem

By Adesuwa Uwanikhehi on Thu, 03/09/2015 - 14:23

This week's ZODML Poetry Corner features a poem on authorty, dictatorship and oppression by Adesuwa Uwanikhehi.


I am a man, mighty in valour

As I sit amongst my subjects

Who tremble at my feet

While I feast and dine with them

Gone With The Wind - A Poem

By Adesuwa Uwanikhehi on Mon, 03/08/2015 - 10:35

This week's ZODML Poetry Corner features a poem on love and despair for lost love by Adesuwa Uwanikhehi.

There we stood, arms locked

All around each other

Gazing into each others eyes

In a world of our own

In time memorial it seemed


Cupid had used her best arrows

Adding rhythm to the air

Amazing Things: Life - A Poem

By Femi Morgan on Fri, 08/05/2015 - 14:09


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