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(26, March,1990. / Iwo, Osun State, Nigeria)

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The Red Rose

Lady, a rose marry
Smelling so sweet
With a supple waste
That seems to ask you
To encompass it with your arms
For protection
Against harsh climatic evaporation
But not for eternity

For she is anticipating age
A woe which is to bring dotage
An aggressive symbol of old woman age
With a fallen breasts
And contracted dead skins
like tattered cloth engulfing a banana plant
That exacerbates her prime stage
Age! you see... had turned her lips
To banana stalks
And rendered them redundant for any task

Lady, console your soul to have rest
For thou art become the love conquest
With the acceptance of love request
Cast off thine coyness!
Two thousand times I will compliment thine kindness
Three thousand tongues to derogate thine harshness
Rose! allow this reaper
To pluck thine astonishing flower
For woo shall bring not woe
And rose-marries are not for eternity


'From Osun State, Nigeria'

Submitted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Edited: Thursday, September 05, 2013


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Being a love poem and at the same time a kind of appeal to a young elegant and radiant lady, the inspiration of this poem is on the basis of love acceptance. there was a lady I love so dear, but who to my surprise, did not want to show up and tell me she loves me. the reason of which may be as a result of her needless coyness. I tried every strategies I know and all the enticement to woo her, all proved abortive. However, I later came to realization that the lady loves me to some extent but just want to deny me the joy of my heart. one day under a tree, I just sat down, recalled everything concerning our relationship and all my advancements towards her then I started to pencil everything down as regards the tendency, the life cycle, and nature of some ladies, which later results into the background of this poem.

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