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Eko Wengele - A Poem by Dave Agboola

By ZODML on Wed, 31/07/2013 - 18:33

Obalende, Lagos captured by OrionPixels Photography

Don’t tell me about Lagos,

Because I’ve already lived here and know its root.

No, not about its “when you wake, wake me up” kind of life:

When you are out of your barricaded house before the first crow,

All to come back in the middle of the night;

While your loved ones in other parts of the country,

Are busy junketing in the dream land.

Happy Birthday Pablo Neruda!

By ZODML on Fri, 12/07/2013 - 21:01

Pablo Neruda

The Chilean poet and Nobel Laureate was born Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto on this day in 1904. He chose his pen name in honour of the Czech poet Jan Neruda, and it became his legal name in 1946. Called by Gabriel Garcia Marquez "the greatest poet of the twentieth century in any language," he was known across Latin America and the world for his passionate, powerful and political work, as well as for his diplomatic service. When he died in 1973, thousands of his countrymen and women defied a curfew put in place by the military dictator Augusto Pinochet to crowd the streets in mourning. 

ZODML Poetry Corner - Love Apart by Christopher Okigbo

By ZODML on Thu, 27/06/2013 - 01:06


The moon has ascended between us, Between two pines That bow to each other;

Love with the moon has ascended, Has fed on our solitary stems;

And we are now shadows That cling to each other, But kiss the air only.

Christopher Ifekandu Okigbo (1930–1967) was a Nigerian poet, who died fighting for the independence of Biafra.

ZODML Poetry Corner: For June 12

By ZODML on Wed, 12/06/2013 - 23:33

June 12 by Dave Agboola

MKO Abiola, June 12, Nigeria, democracy

“How time flies” – the slogan of those who observe time,

And it’s exactly two decades today

That a mandate was stolen

The freest and fairest of all elections they said it was

When all and sundry for the first time in this great nation of ours

Came out en masse to say yes

To the one who they thought really deserved the YES!

In Memodana by Morayo Oshodi

By ZODML on Tue, 04/06/2013 - 04:25


They ran into the earth

And pierced the heart of men

Explosive like a bomb

Both parties fragments lie


And low there is a tomb

To find them in the grave

153 passengers and crew

On board a flight of doom


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By ZODML on Wed, 22/05/2013 - 23:30

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Who Are...? by Bunmi Odeleye

ZODML, internet learning centre, Nigeria, school children, youth, leadership, education

"Leaders of tmro,"

We were called.

But those who were


Are still today.



Myopic ones.

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By ZODML on Wed, 08/05/2013 - 23:30

A Running Waterfall by Dave Agboola A running waterfall Rushes – noisy, busy, splatters, scatters, Spatters a smattering of drops; Gushes – restless, speedy; Never stops running, even till eternity; But rushes noisily and busily, splashing every scattered smattering. Image: Gurara Falls, Niger State

ZODML Poetry Corner: Happy Labour Day!

By ZODML on Wed, 01/05/2013 - 22:04

In honour of Labour Day, a poem that celebrates workers.

Opportunity by Edgar A. Guest


 So long as men shall be on earth There will be tasks for them to do, Some way for them to show their worth; Each day shall bring its problems new.

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By ZODML on Wed, 24/04/2013 - 23:00

In honour of his birth/deathday yesterday, we're sharing a beloved Shakespeare sonnet for this week's Poetry Corner.

Sonnet 98 by William Shakespeare

From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April dress'd in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing
That heavy Saturn laugh'd and leap'd with him.

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By ZODML on Thu, 18/04/2013 - 21:04

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Sleeping by Dave Agboola

Sleeping, sleeping, all I know,

When the world is turned a grave,

When the flesh is sure of rest,

What immortal man in cave!


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