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Mama Told Tales by Akinwale Peace

Akinwale Peace

Mama Told Tales.
To fathom the lies in the lullabies
mama sing is understandable, but,
The lies that walks on the street, those that lie
in the pages of books, the lies that sniff's
and the oral ones; can we but fathom?

The one that walks is a cock and bull tale,
The one that lies through books is true mirage,
The one that our nose's sniff 's far to the head,
The oral one is true; it was passed through;
Mama's ugly rhyme is to ease the wail–

Maybe she doesn't want her nipple soft,
Maybe they want us to fight for their right.
Maybe they want our hands to touch heaven,
Maybe fables in the pages are true;
Maybe the one that walks is what we speak,

But we walk like a wheel with a grey crown;
And we have grey hairs like Daniel today,
And our hands strive to touch the roofs, but no,
Maybe we can't fight for them, for their lies;
But mama told tales, that spirits still live.

She said spirit lives in river Ose
Kurunmi isn't dead, he's now a fire,
His regalia if stol'n will make one blind,
But my ear skipped when she said "fear to fear",
But Mama told tales, that spirits still lives.

"words from the innocent mind"
             Philip Peace


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For Ikeoluwa.

I have sailed in the ocean — on
your body's warm drenched spot axis,
and i have felt the touch of your
freezing burning hands and cold words:
you said some soft words gently in
my ear on a cold night. and my
body is a tree, it rustles
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tired bed, calling me to sleep.

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like a running fire. and i'm
burning coldly on a meet with
your whitish round thorax muscle.
glorious! your body is a bike
and i'm good at riding roughly.
slide and glide, make a symphony
of our salvation on this cold night.

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