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LITERATURE

THE ROTTEN ROOT BY AKINMULEYA ALFRED

THE ROTTEN ROOT

BY

AKINMULEYA ALFRED

THE ROTTEN ROOT(for people who grew up in villages and jungles)

What inspires them are expensive.

They are multifold and contemporary.

The colored rolling ball

From a hidden source;

That shed light on the pop singers,

The noise that plaudits the break-dancers,

The paints, all the mobile and the immobiles

The success talks by the prominents,

Visitations, traveling, the handshakes of being-tos

And the talks of celebrities.

Here, we are inspired too.

We are inspire by the crudes

In different direction

In a dissimilar fashion

Obeying different etiquette.

Yet, we feel the world around us.

The chucklesome dance of the masquerade in array,

The hysterical younglings that convulse for fun,

The fearless bullier boys;

Boys that dare play with skulls.

The chanting on our head, the ancestors name,

The narration of far-from-truth anecdotes at moonlight

The hounding of the Lizards that fed in the cracked wall.

The building of Utopian mansions With chunky materials,

Beachfront sands and bamboo pole;

The fearful mien of the child with squirrel teeth

Tied around his languishing neck.

The fears planted in our mind when *Anjanu* is mentioned;

The fun of the eon holidays

Lies on the number of rabbit you killed.

Plus

The cold breeze that escorted our pain at night

That night breeze from the sea.

The bacteria-full water we drank with gratuity

The rushes of “night rain” on our “reader”

That labeled us guilty of carelessness before the teacher.

The rattan cane from the teacher with multiple bears

And

The kilometers bushy path we tailed to school

We have our green moments too.

From a rotten root

And we live

And we survive

To be survived.

© AKINMULEYA. A. ALFRED

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

GOODNEWS ANDREW ERUEMUARE also known as SIR A-ONE is a website reviewer, blogger, pengician/writer. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in languages and linguistics from Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka. He is the CEO of : www.pengician.com www.widestforum.com & Pengician Multimedia Concepts registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (C.A.C).Surfing the internet & reading are his hobbies. He can be reached via +2348063562857 & +2347051756171