Award winning (1st runner-up) Poetry performance 2009, Ibadan Writers Club, University of Ibadan
Was inspired to write this poem to serenade a better future in Nigeria 6years ago, turned it in for a poetry performance contest where UI lecturers of English and Communication and Language Arts were the judges and I came second! Reading the poem today, I believe it was not the interplay of lexis and semantics that allured the judges but a message within it that still holds true today. Enjoy it as we count down to another presidential elections.
Blind Beauty’s history is a true life story
Of how she became a fallen glory-
Her face once shone like a bright light,
But now, she has lost her sight.
She fell in love at four different times,
She had a stint with four different men;
Four men with hearts filled with crime,
Now she has landed in the lion’s den.
The first man loved her for pride,
Then she had an accident and lost her eyes;
He deserted her to keep his pride,
Leaving her in the dark.
She was left desperately in need of help
When the second man came from the blues;
The playboy, after her hidden gold,
Dumped her after days of deception.
The third was a renowned rapist
Who deflowered her, stole her virginity;
The fourth man, a crippled imbecile,
Too handicapped to direct her.
The shining sun has set,
And the moon has covered her glory;
Yet another man professes his love for her,
And she is left in a dilemma.
This Blind Beauty is Nigeria,
And the fifth man is you-
Blind Beauty needs someone to lean on
Yet, her dirty past turns you off;
Blind Beauty can recover with love:
But can she trust you now?