Niyi Osundare

Nigeria Bleeds…
2022/06/05 10:17:33

Fresh-severed heads dangle From tree branches in the town square Blood drops congeal in the eyes Of the noonward sun   A miasma of roasting bodies Hangs heavy in the...

Rhyme-Run
2022/05/29 07:13:50

Don’t let their laughter Hide the dagger of the slaughter They have already shown the skill And they know how to kill   They derided the sun In their nightward...

SNAPSONG 156
2022/05/15 06:57:15

Will you tell the world To lower its saddle That you may mount Without a fret   Will you command the hen To lay its eggs In haste and pain...

Niyi Osundare

WHEN TWILIGHT CAME TO THE TYRANT (2)
2022/05/08 06:07:43

Common house rat Who feigned the lineage of lions Until History counted his claws   And uncovered a missing fire An angry wind blew; your phantom mane Rolled deviously down...

NIYI OSUNDARE

WHEN TWILIGHT CAME TO THE TYRANT (1)
2022/05/01 04:06:46

You drove a sword through Friendship’s heart Dumped Loyalty in an unmarked grave And seized the throne with your blood-encrusted hands And darkness fell on the Land of the Upright...

this house must not fall by niyi osundare

SNAPSONG 155
2022/04/24 04:29:07

Tell the wind To lower its saddle Jump right in And ride the skies     Surprise your space Swing swift and steady Through the clamour of the clouds Tease...

this house must not fall by niyi osundare

EARTH DAY
2022/04/17 02:58:53

Everyday is Earth’s Earth is everyday’s   But this day is the day Of the bell and the gong Of solemn awakenings And the hurt which comes before the herb...

SNAPSONG 154
2022/04/03 05:25:54

“We have a lot of insecurity in Nigeria. By road we are not safe. By train we are not safe”.   From a survivor of the Abuja-Kaduna Train bomb; Mon.,...

Kaduna train attack survivors

SNAPSONG 153
2022/03/27 06:43:01

Let us steal some moment For a brief reflective silence Think through the thicket Of a wild and wasteful era   Unfazed by its fad And ill-digested trends Its superfluous...

Niyi Osundare

LET’S DO THE SING-ALONG
2022/03/20 08:50:02

Tere pampa tere pampa Tere minnan minnan tere Join me now As we tell a story Tell a story Tell a story Join me now As we tell a story...

Niyi Osundare
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