Night is a poet’s gift
You seek colour letters at noon
amidst the silence
of hissing leaves
of once noisy crickets
so the earth
the poet a song,
The way answers come
Answers or questions come probing all;
The constituency chief, whose first bow followed convenient absences,
rails in cancer.
The blacksmith who yawns without iron sprawl for his forge,
settles for false gains.
The singers whose voices, dog-nose cold,
sing dead hymns.
The fast-legged lady, too easy eyes for smokescreen empires,
The farmer that crouches among others’ tendrils
sits on stolen harvest.
And the skunk lover that now crowds the honey pot after
spikes of jilts…
Answers come in garments, sewn in many tongues, spirited nerves,
patched by stinging threads, of scrubby songs, whirl wondering,
filmed too in the nunnery notes, curious embroidery of lovers’ lyrics.
The way answers come are in millipede’s streams, dragging many legs
On the face of the earth that gives it dust enough to live.
Ndubuisi Martins (Aniemeka) formerly an adjunct lecturer at McPhersonUniversity, Seriki- Sotayo, Ogun State, and currently teacher of Use of English and Writing with the Centre for General Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, is a poet, columnist, editor and literary conversationalist. He is also an emerging literary (poetry) theorist, critic and scholar. His work has appeared in Lines from the Rock, Bewrite.com, Africanwriter.com, Ngiga Review and Wreaths for a Wayfarer (An Anthology of Poems in Honour of Pius Adesanmi). Ndubuisi Aniemeka has also had his essays published in local and international peer-reviewed journals. Ndubuisi resides in and writes from Ibadan.