OLAJUWON JOSEPH OLUMIDE
Versed fable *yoruba orality*
When ologini trails the squirrels’ path
Every stealthy emo sprints to its hole.
Amotekun is not the genuinely fiery ekun;
He only borrows a morpheme from the panther.
Kinihun storms! Other effeminate animals sprint
For a man; as the jungle assumes a graveyard!
Ijimere’s stampede, supended for another day
When ajanaku solely trails the sacred path;
Lest the jungle’s shore invites wrath of earthquake!
Perpendicular oaks in parallel, are nigh to one another
So that a skillful monkey embarks on a leaping adventure.
Greed for wisdom does not crack alabahun’s cocoon,
A gluttonous gourmand in him, makes him crash-land!
Saying, “go to the ants” decodes banality
Of the ears of an impetuous omiran – shameless barrel
Of eniyan without hydro of wisdom.
The cluttered steps of alakan as it newly emerges its hole
How impulsive, none knows its destination;
So judge not owiwi by sound of its appellation
Tho’ with keen nocturnal sense, its binocular vision
Sees beyond cloudy gossip of forest trees
But clairvoyant of the distance…
For the world abhors the truth, parrot oft says…
Glossary of yoruba names of animals in the poem
Ologini – cat
Emo – rat
Amotekun – leopard
Ekun – tiger
Kinihun – lion
Ijimere – gorilla
Ajanaku – elephant
Alabahun – tortoise
Owiwi – owl
Alakan – crab
*omiran – giant
*eniyan – man
(c) Olajuwon Joseph Olumide 2016
Olajuwon Joseph Olumide is a literary editor of Pengician.com and also a shortstory editor of Literary Temple Magazine (LTM). A creative Pengician who is in love with creativity anytime, any day.