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i

I shall tell this whirling wind of accusation
blowing ashes of guilt into the water of my redemption
that i died yesterday to live today
for i have drunk from the cup of the mercy potion

and my Pilot has seen the rainbow in me…

ii

i shall tell this fluted rhythms of grief
pitching the pegs of tears into the innocence of my pupils
that i died yesterday to live today
for i have plugged my ears the songs of merriment

and my Pilot has painted joy for my countenance of sadness…

iii

i shall tell this negotiation of the spirit of pride
dragging me to pleasure in the yeasts of filthy puffs
that i died yesterday to live today
for i have fortified myself in the clothes of humility

and my Pilot has taught me wisdom in the rise of a fallen man.

iv

i shall tell this constant springs of fear
drenching the valiance in my soul
that i died yesterday to live today
for i have gavel my weapons in the fire of faith

and my Pilot has clasped his hands around mine.

v

i shall tell these noises of oppositions
battling my ways of breakthrough
that i died yesterday to live today
for i have trod the paths of angels

and my Pilot has blessed me with a host.

vi

i shall tell these budding thorns of loneliness
stemming the heights of my lovely rose
that i died yesterday to live today
for i have seen the survival of roses on thorny stems

and my Pilot has given me the gift of pruning.

 

Written by: Goodness Lanre Ayoola

Goodness Lanre Ayoola (b. 1989) hails from Osun State, Nigeria. Some of his poems have appeared in the tuck magazine, indian periodicals, Kalahari Review, Novel Afrique, words rhymes and rhythms, praxismagonline, ijagun poetry journal and other online poetry magazines and sites. He has a B.A (ED) in English Education and an NCE certificate in English and Yoruba languages.

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