kolawole ogunfowokan

Rookie - 31 Points (03-03-84 / Ogun state, Nigeria)

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Best of friends they were
Walls apart....
When did it all start?
I wonder the wind that blew
That brought down the walls
The wall they built around each other
Could it have been time?
Senseless I cried! !
The walls couldn't be bridged.
No tube, no tunnel
Even the wire failed.

Ever since April
When the rain started in may
The knot loosened
The ties that bound broken
Words like egg,
Once broken, forget the packer.
Walking on broken glasses?
Tip toe
Don't rouse the hen from its sleep
Let the sleeping dog lie.

From the Niger to the Benue
That place that connects
Seems also to separate
Will I ever understand
Something beyond repair
The crack in the wall
Neglect and ignorance widened
Check through the history
The fire that came from their bond
What took the fuel out of this?
We may never know.


Obviously, could be the apron string
Things could have just stop dead
The farm land may seem to have
Become barren
Yeah as the walls thicken
What supports the fuel?
Hmm, might be pure truancy
One might have met Nancy
The other seeing gold
Could have joined a fold
The binding part wavers and weakens
When clouds replaces flesh
Could have been...
Who knows?

Reading through the years
Seeing time through the pictures
Memories come to play
A major anchor at the sea of thought
Wanting to grab the moment
Illusions boggles the factory
The product was pain
What became of the honey?
The length of pole handled
The mounds suckled
All a flash in the pan?
Heads bowed
Shoulders slumped
Feet drags
Emotions running wild
Pressures mounting
Thoughts gathering

Then it occurred...

Everything grounded to a halt
Where am I?
How did we get here?
Questions flying
It wasn't so from the beginning
Scales falling
Crystal clear
Like a diamond in the sky
Race to the center
A lot of ground has been lost
On one knee
The stronger went,
The weaker shaking
Rain falling from faces
The body vibration
.....The sorry moment over
Stronger than steel they came
Tender, closer and better
They laughed at the past
Listen to them chat
I see them just like it was,

Submitted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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They went apart.

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