Learn More

Babatunde Idowu Ebenezer


The Monster And The Empty Promises


It was Olufunmi who saw him first,
When she was out to gather firewood,
For the evening crab soup,
That never contain crab.
And so she went and saw him.

Racing back home with a speed of an eagle that never run.
Her Nightingale voice, everywhere was heard.


Monster! Monster! Monster!


So we all rushed to the field to take a look.
There in the field alright was a monster.
Big and round like Iya Idowu's Mortal,
Faceless, big headed and long tailed.
But he stood like a man.

By my right,
Akinwale holding tight to his mother's wrapper.
Oluremi was in tears,
Oladiipo was on top of a tree for safety.
Folake and Folashade were tightly shutting their eyes,
Watching a monster is not a game for girls.
Only Danueli, the boy from the city could stand free,
Father said, like all city people,
He had sold his fear for bread and butter,
Whatever bread and butter are I dont know,
But I do know,
Father was right,
The boy is never afraid.

Then the monster spoke,
And like a man he did,
His voice like that of the towncrier.
And to my surprise,
The frightened people responded.

'You are suffering my people,
It shows in your face,
Hunger is in your village,
Poverty is in your doorsteps,
Even in your border,
I could smell it.
Why are you suffering like this? '


'He is not only a monster,
He is out of his mind too.'


'Say what you would like to say,
But one thing I know,
Is that I am here for you,
To take away your sufferings.'


'Hey, here comes our saviour.'

'Yes I will be your saviour,
I will feed you and your children,
I will provide you electricity,
Tap water, smooth roads,
Free drugs and education.
You shall have everything in abundance,
If you would vote for me in the coming elections.'

'For you and you alone we will cast our votes.'

Submitted: Sunday, August 04, 2013
Edited: Friday, August 30, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The Monster And The Empty Promises by Babatunde Idowu Ebenezer )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  2. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  3. And Death Shall Have No Dominion, Dylan Thomas
  4. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  5. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  6. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  7. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  8. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  9. Music, Walter de la Mare
  10. Invictus, William Ernest Henley

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A little while a little love
The hour yet bears for thee and me
Who have not drawn the veil to see
If still our heaven be lit above.
Thou merely, at the day's last sigh,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. A Very Simple Song, Joseph Archer
  2. Yule Log, GRANT FRASER
  3. Necromancy, DEEPAK KUMAR PATTANAYAK
  4. Song For A Fisherman, Joseph Archer
  5. Saturday's Sultry Soho Spinster {Alliter.., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  6. A Rare Beauty Beheld!, Valsa George
  7. Why Should We Live........My Friends?, Arindom Borah
  8. The Wanderer, Victor Kretzie
  9. Couplets on Life For The Musing Cynicals.., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  10. salvation army, lee fones
[Hata Bildir]