Treasure Island

Kolawole Ajao

(Akure, Ondo State Nigeria)

Antitheses


I am a soldier!
Albeit I don't own an Army uniform
I belong to the Mafia!
Albeit I never saw Sicily
In my last incarnation,
I was a Greek
And I worshipped only Mnemosyne

Those who don't know my tale
Often say I am feisty
Unknown to them
I 'd wept more than I smiled
They only see my squirrel
When it is in the chips
Never knowing my squirrel
Ofttimes sleeps zero-bellied
The lizard's egg may be softer
But tougher than an ostrich's
If you climb Olumo successfully
Better call it your own Everest
The Catholic Order taps no blood from England
And the masquerade borrows no wares

My heart once made of stone
Now is of steel
Steel with the densest alloy
I flew without wings
I lived in the desert
Where there were no oases
I didn't do as Mao says
That through guns alone I gain might
But I did as he says
That my watchword be-
One against nine, nine against one
Kongi also exhorts me-
To set forth at dawn
So I can move as whirlwind
Epistemology plus logic is Philosophy
My talons are now stronger than an hawk's
Now I dance among foes unhurt!

Submitted: Monday, April 12, 2010
Edited: Friday, May 07, 2010

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