Omawumi birthed venom yesterday

She won’t marry me again because

I am a poet, she said poets are poor

Is my pen not worthy to buy her make up?

If poetry gives no money, I will still be one.


When the arrow of folly is carved

Wisdom backs off to the galaxy of stars

Poetry can’t be broken easily like sticks

Poets live beyond the rivers of warlords

Poverty is not in the secret of lexicon of poets.


Mother sent me out of the house

Because I told her I want to be a poet,

She cursed my generation to come

Then wrote a note to my future never

To favour me in my desperate journey.

When the eyes of stupidity is begotten,

When the mouth stands taller than the nose,

When the scent of a madman becomes pleasant,

Check the nose that picks the aroma well

Poets are the million airplanes in the sky.


“Poets are poor” my teacher screamed at me

“Can’t you be a doctor or lawyer than a poet?

You will sing without song in your mouth soon,

There won’t be bread on your table to eat

And you will measure yam before you eat it”


Let the perception of a saint be kept,

Musical artistes are not idols to worship

I can also be praised in my own corner

Please your eyes with your sinful thought

Poets are the lust in the eyes of the saints.


“How many houses do Wole Soyinka have?

How much did Chinua Achebe have?

You will just die and perish without worth,

Nothing but a bitter tears and sorrowful blood”

My sister barked at me this morning!


It is not my tale to tell of a house and money!

Not my business to know those in their covens

All fingers are not the same as all men are not

My tomorrow have been written favourably,

I only water it through the idea of the gods.


“Go get a life, poets are sick with words!

Poets are poor! Poetry is no treasure to keep

Go and join Ekene in his business at Onitsha

That would keep bread on your table not poetry”

Father buttered my ears last breeding night.


What is my business with business?

Poetry will keep food on my table soon

Poor poets are not my cup of tea to drink

Everyone have a different mindset and vision

Soon, poetry will be commercial and we earn

Much more than Dangote and Mike Adenuga.


(C) John Chizoba Vincent

Voice Of Vincent 2016



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