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The inheritor may never value a big Agbada,
for it grows no stump, a house with a father,
a man fortified to live can never attest his charm’s failure,
he that takes the herb for vegetable is surely immature.

If a child falls, he looks forward,
If an elder falls, he looks back,
but Ife rose on all’s accord,
What faces a person is surely showing another a back.

The troublesome child has his day of use,
We do not because of troubles feed a child to beasts,
to make the white pap, even the dark pot has use,
to close eyes to evil may also be to let the good drift.

Disappointments often stem off expectations,
kinship is never a guarantee of kindness,
relationships are really defined in tribulations,
many do set a travelling eye on an unwayed wilderness.

But what do I know,
I am just a chirping bird on the rooftop.


Morakinyo T. Bolarinwa is a graduate of the faculty of Law, Obafemi
Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and a new entrant into the Nigerian Law
School. She is the Deputy-Editor of Mustard Press Agency, OAU, a press board
which has since transformed to a blog in appreciation of the shrinking
of the global atlas by technology.

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