31 Days of Poetry - Day 10 - BEARING A CITY ON MY SKIN - by Adedayo Agarau

(... HIS POEM ...)

(for ibadan)

we wait for the sun to crawl back
into the belly of pregnant clouds
so we'd wear an emblem of a city
that plants in our feet the urge to run
and dream with our nostrils sniffling the tongues
waiting to wear a new language

we all wait in this city,  for mothers
who break their dreams into half loaves
and feed their children on how to breathe
within the confinement of water, i know
how my mother named this city, i know
how my father ran with a torch to search
for shadows crawling the walls of molete

on the skin of this city is a circus of men
who leaves home in search of fire in the eyes
of lasses nibbling the mouth of brown bottles in Asas
swaying to soft beams of Apala, nodding and tapping to the groove
there they stretch hopes like the thighs of virgins
and the morning wakes too early for their feet
and boys break their arms trying to take a letter home
and boys leave without saying goodbye and
i had my first girlfriend in this city and i kissed her
in the dark walls behind the trees too old to shut their mouth

my father wakes every morning with a grumble
like this city is shifting and healing the sores in his mouth
my mother had her fifth child in this room
a memory of names made a graffiti on the brown rooftops
they sat in twos and threes cutting the pieces of Amala into a lake of vegetables
the men hang their bottles in their armpits and kept their footwears on their heads
rain came that evening, and we all said a prayer of thanksgiving


EGC:  Your Real Name & Stage Name 
AAA: Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau @tohquality

EGC:  Discipline/What You Do
AAA: Writer/Photographer/Student

EGC:  Other Creative Art Forms You Practice 
AAA: Photography

EGC:   What Made You Go Into Poetry 
AAA: Upon realizing that I could be more than I imagine myself to be, I opened myself to the inner possibilities. I was out of secondary school, freshly admitted into the Prelim Programme of a polytechnic when I knew that I could not just continue life in such a boring manner. Nothing new happened until poetry came. Started following from 2go, the chat groups, them met Rasaq Malik Gbolahan. The hopeshe gave me still pushes me.

EGC:  Kind Of Poems You Write/Perform
AAA: I write the kind of poems I can read and tell myself that this is poetry. Although, I like to explore the themes of war, boy child, family, loss and love.

EGC:  People Who Inspire You In Poetry 
AAA: Gbenga Adesina, DM Aderibigbe, Romeo, Rasaq, Safia Elhillo, K-tops, Mesioye, Fatima Asgar, the list is endless.

EGC:  Your First Time At Be Blessed 
AAA: Sometimes in 2014, I was sitting at the penultimate row with my friend, Adewoye Ibrahim, wondering if I’d ever take to the stage and perform.

EGC:  How Many Times You Came To Be Blessed 
AAA: 7 times

EGC:  Poets You'd Like To See At Next Be Blessed 
AAA: Chika Jones. That guy is a revolution.

EGC:  Most Memorable Edition Of Be Blessed And Why
AAA: 2015, Jumoke Verissimo was around doing her poetry reading, she needed a volunteer. I acted as Ajani. Her words sank deep into me. I knew I wanted to be better. That day, she planted another seed. It is how I grow.

EGC:  What You Missed About Be Blessed 
AAA: Beyond the poetry, it is the people who fill the white and blue chairs. The ones that smile back at you as you fill their ears with the water in your mouth. The ones who tap their feet and snap their fingers when you strike a chord in them. Be Blessed.

EGC:  What You Like About EGC
AAA: I appreciate the consistency.


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