Poetry: Ibadan by Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom

Credit: Olasubomi Cole


Men lust after your body

Like the galloping derriere of a woman

In her loveliest but meanest prime



Like birds, demons of dust and rust

Descend upon your boundless roofs

To tell tales of your ancientness

To seekers of your historicity



The marks on your bony cheeks

Are as permanent as your fame

Transcending the invasion of your lands,

Enslavement across coastal lines



Your words are naturally humorous

Creating a peculiar mess in the ears

Of your detractors who are ignorant

Of The Penkelemes Years…

Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom is the editor of PIN Quarterly Journal and Chief Operating Officer of Words Rhymes & Rhythm Limited.

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