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Poems by a young Nigerian Poet Micah Ogugua Okoye

I used to dream of a light That could outshine my untrue lines One that would be there To save me from myself   I used to think that musing Could bring a sublime answer An answer to those silent prayers Those silent prayers, I never dared...
While I was a boy Before I sought to be perfect In the unworthy eyes of men I was innocent and curious The sky was not just a starting point I was out of this world As I grew a teen Few years before eighteen I began...
Don't love me with tears Washed upon a stone For by then, I would have forgotten How to be your consolation   Don't love me with a stare Or words you never said For shadows of a concealed regret Might be all that is left of my...
Why did you choose to enclose your goodbye In words you never said?   Why did you leave me in a world A world with no place for me?   Why does your memory remind me Of a smile that will never be mine?   Why have you...
With an ink that never runs dry and feet that never go weary I am blessed   With a dream that stirs my lines And a hope that never dies I am blessed   With a breath that counts and conscience that governs I am blessed   With poetry that mends And...
At the news stand the other day I saw the photos of the still men on paper Their faces were as pale as snow They looked like youths who held a picture Of some places they wanted to be A suckling mother on the...
Oh weary traveller Come drink of me I am the river Where love happens In my shallow waves Dreamy lads have pelted coins Mermaids granted wishes Cupid shot his arrows Love birds composed melody Mother mashed tapioca Goddesses blessed the barren I am lustrous purity From the seas was I born From...
Mother dearest   The jeering crickets have come crying Peering through the night's silence The crimson moon is glowing Casting light upon this unfair world   Nestled here I kneel, beneath this nightly sky With my despair as shadow and clone Polishing your long aged stone And waiting...
Do you know that last night ‘The day was patiently waiting For her turn to adorn the sky Do you know that the earthen pots Were once mudly clay Cast underneath the depth of the earth Never knowing The sweet taste of the protruding river Do you...
O mourners Black choirs of dead men Let not your tears Taint the linings of my box "I knew those that loved me And those who never cared" O preacher Psalmist of my day Read no verses above my bone For the gods you preached Were silent while we...
If I forget the path to the light Will you walk with me Leading my saintly frame Away from deathly paths If I am drowned by my tears And I forget to dance in the rain If I hold on to my fears And in my...