for Ogunbiyi Anuoluwapo Aarinola.
Do not show your fears,
stand on them like long hills
and forget them to wallowing sands
on a body of sinking valley.
do not smile when you're sad,
you'll look like an ember trying to glow
in a library of water. let your state define you,
it tells you you're living.
you can break into a river of song
you can break into a funeral of fire
you can break into the sourness of widows songs
you can break into the funerals of fire...
don't ever wear a face that is not yours,
you'll look like a rainbow
lost on the body of a placid sea.
so be yourself, you're raw;
not an end meet of shit nor a body
of reservoir gathering shame & guilt.
you're a rainbow flecked between the grey clouds
of your name. you're your star —
emblazoned on your burden; your body —
in the belly of the earth that makes
do not listen to crackling howls of foes —
you're the voice of the running truculent thunder:
you're your creator and your destruction.
stand on your shoes like a prick
and face the world like a sea;
its depth of clement coolness suites
even when it greets the ghetto
like the series of snow. live long.
Akinwale Peace Akindayo