31 DAYS OF POETRY- DAY 18- THE CHRONICLE OF RENAISSANCE - by Ajise Vincent

before men sat in bars filled
     with  images of bawdiness,
 ingesting tunes of hip-hop

& pints of dusk. we & our
     progenitors -- men whose bones
reeked of age & rust, would

 sit in cycles with the moon
      as a solicitor, conversing about
the dwindling dues of testaments

it was then, our village chief,
      jaja, told us about the origin of
the gospels & tongues of light.

it was then we knew about the
    prophet who vilified the blasphemies
of the papacy with songs 

arranged in quatrains. it was
      then we knew that not even the rage
of our voodoos or tales of a


 messiah on a white  horse,
    the enchantments against machines
& grace, could thwart the

triumph: the coronation of
      civilization by atoms of time





Ajise Vincent is an Economist and Social researcher based in Sokoto, Nigeria. His works have appeared at The Bond Street Review, Indiana Voice Journal, Jawline Review, Jalada, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Chiron Review, Asian Signature, Ann Arbor Review, Yellow Chair Review, Bombay Review, Birmingham Arts Journal, Snapdragon: a journal of art & healing, The Cadaverine, Souvenir literary journal, Elsewhere, Sentinel Quarterly & various literary outlets. He is a recipient of the Eriata Oribhabor poetry prize 2015. He craves to recreate lives with his poems. He loves coffee, blondes & turtles.

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