Poetry

Pray

by Adenike Omosanya on

 

He said, constantly should I pray
Every day as I walk on the way
And on my bed at night even as I lay
So as to thrive and not fall prey
To the world and its perils, as cheerless as grey

These are warnings given by the creator
For thousands of years ago he gave us a vindicator
Yet right in our midst lurks the devil, the heinous predator
This fight is ours, we choose to lose or be a victor.

Though a choice had been given to us to make
But the decision is rightfully ours to take
From the options spread right before us even as a lake
Life and death – either one, we can’t eat and have our cake,
So we must follow the path each day we wake

The only thing we can find in God as a default
Is the undeserving love He gives as the result
Because reigning with him at the end is his utmost desire
And not until he gets us, will He ever retire.

Adenike Omosanya

Race

by Adenike Omosanya on

By Adenike Omosanya

Track

We’re all human but not the same
Male or dame, we’ve all got a name
Though nothing we share save for the race
And everyone each to his lane
So get ready, get your boots laced.

Under the sun or in the rain
We run along despite the strain
And washed away is our energy so drained
A race that requires both strength and brains
But with none you get yourself lame
And for your failure there is no one to blame
The finishing line is nothing but our aim
And the reward we get is our gain

Though our strength may fail us
But at the end our spirit will brace up
In this contest no one can bail us
Because every man has a path to race on
And far behind, on others we have to catch up

Our path not straight and the road be so bumpy
As we grace the path with our feet thumping
On the crown is where we set our eyes, gazing
But weak are our bones as our feet get so hasty
For what we crave for is a glory so lasting

Swift they say is for the runner
And depression is the gain of a loner
But only the weak get to be the loser
And praise it is for the winner

Held

by Adebayo Akande on

Written by Adebayo Akande

 

 

The sky fell,
All was let loose from hell
In the mix of nimbus and hades
We stood, in the face of the clipper’s blades.

The world came crashing.
Thuds, bangs, booms, abounding.
Mares haunted dreams, aches taunted hope
Yet we clung on, like we had some strobe

Many times we questioned our minds
Were we dumb, had we left reason behind?
Who were we to think we’d live through this?
How in the world could we be at peace?

I believe we didn’t so much hold on, we were held!
By an arm so strong, to a love that melds and welds
And that heart still beats, with us, for us.
Life is worth living, because the greater one lives in us!

Killing death

by Admin on

gathering to feast on His flesh and blood
for in His death we live?
Nay, in His life we live and move
for He did not stay dead,
but conquered death by dying.
Literally paid death in its own coin!

Because He lives after tasting death,
I live forever, having believed
the potency of death diluted,
Its flavour made bland,
and its sting, numb.

Jesus Lives.
I live.

Guest turned Bride

by Alexandra Akinnadeju on

By Alexandra Akinnadeju

Seeking for Love,
Searching for Affection;
Ignoring wisdom’s advances,
To the market place I went.

My eyes was only on the bargain
The Price at which I would bid
Not nurturing the seeds I had
Heart empty, I sought.

While love waited at the altar,
I stood lost in line;
He is love,
And Love is not a thing.

Turning aside to see,
I saw his heart
All in his eyes
And eyes only on me

Did he not see my stains and my twisted frame?
If I fooled Him to believe, maybe I’ll believe it too
I had come like everyone else
But I would be his bride it seems.

Standing before me,
Had always been my Prince
I had been invited to my own wedding
I won His heart without a bid!

Though my heart held no affection,
He still beckoned
Broken, I donned my veil,
And walked down the aisle.

When Like Poles Attract

by Admin on

LIKE POLES

 

We lay still back to back

Silence resounding like every other day

Minds woven, tête-à-tête

Yet looked each other not eye to eye

Nor could we;

Close beings miles apart

Views more opposing than a word’s antonym

United we must lie, divided we’ll stand

A simple hug we cannot afford

Non-celestial audible invisible duo that we are

Seeing everyone but each other

Twice the appendage, half the mileage

We’d split and get going,

But that might just be our undoing!

It’s not what you think,

Read again and let it sink.

Craniopagus.

 

Oluwatosin Fatade

© 2016

{Craniopagus: a pair of conjoined twins attached at the head; see also Siamese twin}

 

The Price 2

by Admin on

I’ve tried everything I can

I’ve laboured with all the strength in a man

Efforts were never sought

It was done before I was born

And the needful ‘one’ cannot be bought

 

My filthy rags of good works and stance

The stained stinking robes of performance

Have been outperformed by righteousness

Not my righteouness, but His

And now I’m clothed in a stain-free dress

 

All the hides, skins in the park

The logs, planks and trees with their barks

Won’t be enough for sacrifice

Earth’s streams, rivers, ponds, springs and lakes

Cannot for cleansing my filth suffice

 

Once kidnapped and nabbed in shame’s disgrace

But now I’m fully wrapped in amazing grace

Which flows in ceaselessly as a flood

For the ransom was paid in full

In no better form than royal blood!

THE Price

by Adebayo Akande on

UNDERSTAND THE PRICE

 

I always knew you to be strict and just

Punishing every wrong, chiding every disgust

I wanted to walk perfectly, keeping my feet from dust

Each time I puffed my holy balloon, it seemed to burst

 

The more I tried the harder I fell,

My story of holiness I failed to sell

My hurt and pain none I could tell

And with trepidation I awaited judgement bell

 

But I’m alive still not dead

They said it’s because for me you bled

That on my behalf your blood you shed

I still don’t understand all they claim you said;

 

That said, I’m saved and now forgiven all wrong

But I still feel so unworthy, like I’m smeared with dung

I still feel weak, though I know I should be strong,

It seems like this salvation won’t last so long!

 

But day by day as I study your word,

I see a friend and father, not just a lord,

I feel bound to you with so strong a cord,

Your love has changed me, lifting me from the mud!

 

I see your perfect sacrifice has redeemed me,

Once for all time I’m saved, now I clearly see.

It took your blood to purchase me from death

That was the ultimate price for my new birth.

A holy God has qualified sinful me, and in me now dwell

Now I understand the price, I know I’m blessed, favoured and loved, and all will be well!

 

 

AKANDE ADEBAYO

© 2016

Those we can’t save #WorldCancerDay

by Admin on

IMG_20160204_161914The devourer indeed lies within

In tandem it moves while hidden

Lurks and preys and even grows

Till to dim eyes it clearly shows

 

In full view the seeing can only stare

Even the blind can feel its scare

The pros can hardly wield a cure

Till the inevitable becomes sure

 

To everyone on palliation

To those who the best of treatments won’t suffice

I pray the beautiful moments of life linger

Till they breathe their last.

 

And some day soon,

Cancer of any kind will no longer be a death sentence.

#WorldCancerDay 2016

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