for Oyetola Grace
Your day has come again in bright
the ruddied face of the sun has
lit your window sheet with golden
rays. i haven't seen, but i've thought of:
two images; her smiles. her tears.
but woman, you have learnt how to
wear your fears as the night garment
and keep your pleasant pain inside —
your beautiful worry is you;
yet is it that it's like a flame
of candle which withers aft'r fire.
you have hidden your tears for nights
and have wear your smiles at day
because the world is your mirror
and you see your laugher on their faces;
so you smile with them, keeping your tears.
the tenderness of your soul is
as the soft petals of mountain
lilies — the softness of your eyes.
let the world walk in your shoe, beloved,
what better world will we worsening seek?
"words from the innocent mind"
Akinwale Peace Akindayo
Happy Birthday, Grace Oyetola.
Philip Peace wishes you an outstanding and memorious years ahead. Live long and prosper, My Lady.