IF HE MOUNTS THE STAGE AGAIN- a poem by Adebote Seyifunmi- Poet of d Week 061014



If he mounts the stage again
We’ll be glad to see him for thirty minutes
Yes, thirty minutes out of a 4-year term,
Thirty minutes out of 2, 102, 400 minutes in 1460 days

If he mounts the stage again
With his alluring smiles;
To say “HI”s and tell his usual lies

If he mounts the stage again
Alighting from his limousine
To inspect our bad roads
And reaffirm;
“The ministry is on top of the matter”

If he mounts the stage again
Clothed in pricey outlandish garment,
Embellished with golden accessories;
To present next year’s well-allocated budget

If he mounts the stage again
On arrival from a German hospital
To commission our newly completed,
Well-equipped community health center

If he mounts the stage again
In company of ten fierce bodyguards,
To guarantee us 100 percent security

If he mounts the stage again
To introduce 20 obsessed strangers;
As our newly appointed councilors
And our representatives at the senate

If he mounts the stage again,
Like the prophets of Baal
Calling down fire while it is raining;
Prophesying a bright future in our dark community

Hmmm……

If he mounts the stage again,
Shall we with empty stomach and heavy heart
Stand on aching skeletal legs
Under the scourging influence of our depleted environ?

If he mounts the stage again
Shall we shriek “Amen” “Amen” to his whoppers?
Or we’ll chant “Oh yes”, “Oh yes” to his flattering?

If he mounts the stage again
Shall we praise him with our claps?
And wave high our colourful placards?

If he mounts the stage again
Shall we grip our neighbour by the arm?
And say “Hurray, our prayers are answered”

If he mounts the stage again,
We’ll rejoice, gloat and wallow in our victory;
Beginning with 7 days marathon fasting and prayers

Listen!
Again, I call for your attention.
Listen! Listen! Listen!
Here is a verdict of an angry Nigerian
Just like you

If he mounts the stage again,
I suggest we stone him to death
Or for leniency sake;
Hang him on a tree, just for four days

If he mounts the stage again,
I’ll prefer we hire a perfect sniper
To do his jobs from a safe hide out

If he mounts the stage again
I suggest we bid for the men of the night;
To welcome him at his estate gate
At least his hungry neighbor would be fed “akara”

If he mounts the stage again
Before he descends from the stage;
We should go, deflate his limousine’s tires
Shatter his 21 inches sun proof windscreen
Smash the 4 tinted glasses of his caravan.

If he mounts the stage again
Yes! Just as you think,
These are not too extreme
No, not for all we’ve been through.

If he mounts the stage again
Shall we? Can we? Should we?
Yes you can, But as for me and my pen
We’ll get to partner with a notepad
You ask, “what for?!”
Well, to write another non-political poem
Just like this.



Adebote Oluwaseyifunmi is a Nigerian, based in Lagos State, South-West, Nigeria. He is a student at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. Besides his studentship, he is the curator of one of Nigeria’s foremost Facebook poetry group, ‘Made In Nigeria Poems”. He also has repute in Journalism across different media houses, i.e. Radio Broadcasting.


For Adebote Oluwaseyifunmi, the art of Poetry is a thing of Passion (not a business)


He lives. He writes, I inspires… You can reach him on adeboteseyi@gmail.com or his twitter handle: @adebotes

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