Poetry: Ibadan by Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom

Credit: Olasubomi Cole

Ibadan,

Men lust after your body

Like the galloping derriere of a woman

In her loveliest but meanest prime

 

Ibadan,

Like birds, demons of dust and rust

Descend upon your boundless roofs

To tell tales of your ancientness

To seekers of your historicity

 

Ibadan,

The marks on your bony cheeks

Are as permanent as your fame

Transcending the invasion of your lands,

Enslavement across coastal lines

 

Ibadan,

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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