31 Days of Poetry - Day 8 - NO MATTER WHAT - by Akinbode Israel

(... HIS POEM ...)

Downward leads to a stream,
Happy pitchers on dry heads,
Poking thirsty cheeks to smile,
Every down leads well.

A seed's funeral,
Killed by a so(u)n,
Brings leaves- fresh harvest,
Every down leads well.

Now he runs,
To walk, he once fell,
Again and again,
Every down leads well.

A thrown lemon;
To your thirsty face,
From it make a lemonade,
Kill that thirst.

Again and again,
Every down leads well,
No matter what,

Never cease to try.


EGC:  Your Real Name & Stage Name 
ISRAEL: My name is Akinbode Oluwatobi Israel. Popularly known as Todas.

EGC:  Discipline/What You Do
ISRAEL: I studied Chemistry from the University of Ilorin.  A teacher (volunteer).

EGC:  Other Creative Art Forms You Practice 
ISRAEL: A writer (poet). A dancer. A choreographer. 

EGC:   What Made You Go Into Poetry 
ISRAEL: Poetry is the highest art of language. I love writing with few words to speak volume. That's why I always add this saying to my profile: "I love to write in simplicity to influence this complex world of ours. "

EGC:  Kind Of Poems You Write/Perform
ISRAEL: I have no particular genre. I write flexibly. 

EGC:  People Who Inspire You In Poetry 
ISRAEL: My act of writing is in-born. I decided to go into poetry in 2013 during my youth service. Everyone I have met on many platforms have encouraged me to move on and made me see that I have a long walk in poetry. Everyone I have met have made me re-buckle my shoes. Everyone is good.

EGC:  What You Hope To Achieve With Poetry 
ISRAEL: I count myself not have apprehended but this is one thing I know and is that I still have a long way to go. Many awards still winks to my empty shelf and with God's grace I will surely attain. 

EGC:  Your First Time At Be Blessed 
ISRAEL: My first time at BeBlessed was BB13. I was among the 10 finalist that year that qualified for the spoken stage. Unfortunately I didn't succeed above the first round. BeBlessed 13 is an encounter I won't forget. It was fun! 

EGC:  How Many Times You Came To Be Blessed 
ISRAEL: I have only been to Be blessed once and that was BeBlessed13. 

EGC:  Poets You'd Like To See At Next Be Blessed 
ISRAEL: One poet I would love to see is Sir Kukogho Iruesiri Samson. He is a poet I have longed to see. I will love to see Victor Adewale perform again. Vicdex. Inioluwa. Twistar. Graciano. BankHall. Kemistree and the guy (*laughs)...let me just stop here because the list is endless (I don't want to offend anyone). 

EGC:  Most Memorable Edition Of Be Blessed And Why
ISRAEL: Na BB13 o. I didn't eat puf-puf that year. The thing finish before dem reach me. 

EGC:  What You Missed About Be Blessed 
ISRAEL: I missed lines...punchlines!

EGC:  What You Like About EGC
ISRAEL: EGC is a body that has good eyes, straight legs, strong hands and a functioning heart. EGC is a perfect damsel that arouses the sleeping strength in every poet.


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