31 Days of Poetry - Day 24 - HOME OF TRAFFIC - by Fr33zin Paul

(... HIS POEM ...)

Welcome to this home of traffic
where mobile queues of frustrated mind
vent at one another.
To your left and right,
You see red eyes,
The tension can be so high.
Some drivers are like scavengers
looking for space to take over.
As long as they have the skill to maneuver,
They care less if they run a man over.
This home of traffic is not friendly at all,
No brother is keeper, so cast no careless driving ball.
If you do, hate words will reel out like drunk apparition;
“Yeye driver!’’
“Yu no dey see road?’’
“Thunder fire yu!”
“Thunder fire yur generation!”
“Who dash yu moto?!”
Vulgar words will bless you as if preserved in an oral grotto.
This tragic dramatic terrific tale
Dramatic terrific artistic tale
Sounds like magic, the home of traffic

This tragic dramatic terrific tale,
Tells of homes in cars, somewhat sarcastic.
Six hours of congestion is no joke,
Fitted bodies marinated in bad breath makes one choke.
You got be SHARP as a TV,
So keep an eye on your back pockets
Or be a victim of pick pockets
because here, people sit patiently like packed sardines
smoking exhausted fumes and drying out tempers like panla*.
By my window screen, a boy waves a roll of gala,
Another with a tray of akara*.
“Bros, yu no go buy Lacasera?”
This is where our graduates chase vehicles with wares of misplaced dreams.
This is where loose tongue curse wardens,
Bearers of traffic burden.
Six hours from Ikorodu* to Ojodu Berger*,
Where at night, robbers disguise as hawkers and beggars.
So join in lets revive traffic free days
For this dramatic, terrific, artistic tale,
Terrific, artistic, dramatic tale,
Artistic, dramatic, terrific tale,
Artistic, terrific, tragic tale,
Deep like Pacific,
So charismatic,
Artistic in picture,
Dramatic in nature
sounds like magic, the very home of traffic.



N.B. Panla is local name for dried fish. Akara is a baked bean
Ojodu Berger and Ikorodu are places in Lagos state, Nigeria.



(... HIS INTERVIEW ...)



EGC:  Your Real Name & Stage Name 
Paul: Njoku Paul Chibuike Henry also known as Fr33zinPaul

EGC:  Discipline/What You Do
Paul: I am a spoken word poet, teacher, MC, and Event Planner

EGC:  Other Creative Art Forms You Practice 
Paul: I am an artist(I draw well), and a photographer but I have not really started exploring this part of me

EGC:   What Made You Go Into Poetry 
Paul: The fact that I had found an avenue to speak out my mind. I used to have this low self esteem and I felt no one will know me, no one will like me but when I realized that I can write my poems and even perform it for people to know how I feel. I felt that would be awesome.

EGC:  Kind Of Poems You Write/Perform
Paul: I write on anything but I think I write more on Love and relationships

EGC:  People Who Inspire You In Poetry 
Paul: Plenty Plenty. People like Olulu ,SaintRhymes,Atilola, Prestige,Beloved Grraciano, BlueFlames, Samurai, PaulWord. They are many sha

EGC:  What You Hope To Achieve With Poetry 
Paul: Well, that I can be able to ease off pains. See, I am a fun person. So I would like to write more poems to be pain relievers and not only satires. Also I would also want my poetry to be able to feed me and my children and children's children.

EGC:  Your First Time At Be Blessed 
Paul: That was BeBlessed 10 in 2015 when Prestige won the slam. I came with him to support him and we were glad he won.

EGC:  How Many Times You Came To Be Blessed 
Paul: Twice

EGC:  Poets You'd Like To See At Next Be Blessed 
Paul: Jyc, SaintRhymes Toby Abiodun, BankHall, BlueFlames, Grraciano, all of the wonderful poets sef

EGC:  Most Memorable Edition Of Be Blessed And Why
Paul: That was April 2016 when I came 1st runner up at the slam. I was very excited. My first plague in my entire life. Omo, I screamed on the streets of Ibadan

EGC:  What You Missed About Be Blessed 
Paul: Nothing much I just miss that feel of poets rushing down to the west all for poetry.

EGC:  What You Like About EGC
Paul: Well, EGC is all about anything creative plus they put God first; that is something I hardly see in most brands.







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