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For This I was Born

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by Ayo Ogundipe    •    117 Views    •    likes, 0 dislikes    •    2 Comments

I was born to the Sub-Saharan African geography of legends and folklores


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To the witness of the sun that baked my skin to perfect oven temperature


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That brown of terra-cotta clay fabric...

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To the sweltering heat of the tropical warmth


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Wearing beads of sweat that glisten on my skin of fine cocoa-butter milk that gleam...

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Where the harmattan haze frisk the wind of free-will


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and coats the frame of all things that matter

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with a matter of protective foil of dust.


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I was born to a centenarian of a country


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of eclectic enclave of states ...


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From the coastal lines of Lagos

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Down to the red earth soil of Enugu... hmm laterite, that’s right.


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To the five emirates of Ringim, Gumel, Kazaure, Hadija

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All siblings to Dutse


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The five emirates that makeup Jigawa state


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Now let me state my mission;


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And although I was born an august visitor in the August month of the calendar year,

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I was born without a silver spoon


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I was born without a spoon cause I did not come to the world to feed


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But to feed the world with the wheat of my wit ... food for thought.

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Now think about that while listening to the whispering palms


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Along the lines of pines down the grape vine


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Gossiping the hectic traffic of tropical topics - stop!

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I was born to do a number on you ...


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Eclectic 21, in a minute or two forty two would be the reason for a verse in two to you and you and...


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Ladies and gentlemen, my fifteen minutes of fame is almost over


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Yet you still wonder
 why I was born?


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If poetry is the soul that wears the poet,
I am the unveiling of it in flesh

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I was born to do this poetry in a pose of Green White Green


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I was born to do this ... Poetry


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Cause I was born a Nigerian.
Salute to the Flag!



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Ayo Ogundipe

11:05 am, Mon Dec 2013

Many thanks, mine too lol, so when are you gonna grace us with a line or two original tots not necessarily a poem?rn

Bussydiamond Majekodunmi

20:32 pm, Fri Dec 2013

nice piece! I especially like the line "I was born without a spoon cause I did not come to the world to feed
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