Poem: Practice in Staying

stay

(For my future wife)

I come from a long line of men

Who chose divorce papers

Over apologies

To them, that word doesn’t exist

 

Men who love their kids,

But not the women

They came out of.

What an irony

 

I fear the amount of escape  I have

Running through my blood.

Everyday will be a practice in staying,

Sitting in the mire,

Being still in the flame

And saying to myself

This house will not burn

Without my permission

Inspired by Rudy Francisco

What could my love do for you?

love

Just be happy, my love,

to sigh with me by your side

My love kills the mosquitoes of your room

When you’re not around,

my love endures the loneliness of your home

My love will be the Muhammad to your Khadijah

My love will be the Romeo to your Juliet

My love for you is in the Sun, Moon and the Stars

My love promise to be that one decision you will never regret

My love promise to hold you forever and make you feel safe

My love will be by your side and never let you fall

My love will take on the world with you side by side

My love for you gives me California dream at night

My love will lullaby you to sleep every night

My love will be honest and faithful to you and only you

My love will never make you sad or make you shed any tears

My love will put a smile on your face

My love would you cook you meals

Just be happy my love,

to sigh with me by your side

What is love?

For all these months…

What is love?

If I cannot stimulate the same feelings in you

What is love?

If instead of around me, another place is better for you

What is love?

If after all this time, you are still not sure about us

What is love?

If there is still mutual distrust between us

What is love?

If I cannot expect the same efforts I’m investing from you as well

What is love?

If you don’t make me feel like I’ve a lady I can call mine and only lady

What is love?

If it’s obvious that I’m the only one doing all the loving

What is love?

If everything I do is to impress and make you happy, but you see the opposite only

What is love?

If you still cannot guaranty me your love

In the midst of my delusions, I still don’t know what love is…

I’ve Got You Under My Skin

“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” was a written by Cole Porter in 1936. I remember giving it to a lady when I was 17 years old. I still remember the joy and the laughter on her face when she was reading it. On this day, I remember and celebrate you Zee wherever you are.  Enjoy!!!

I’ve got you under my skin
I’ve got you deep in the heart of me
So deep in my heart that you’re really a part of me
I’ve got you under my skin

I’d tried so not to give in
I said to myself this affair never will go so well
But why should I try to resist when baby I know down well
But I’ve got you under my skin

I’d sacrifice anything come what might
For the sake of having you near
In spite of a warning voice that comes in the night
And repeats, repeats in my ear
Don’t you know you fool
You never can win
Use your mentality, wake up to reality
But each time I do just the thought of you
Makes me stop before I begin
Because I’ve got you under my skin

And I like you under my skin

I am lost

I am lost

I got missing the day I first saw you

Oh, I can still remember your petal innocence

I immediately lost my faculty of reasoning

The whole world now makes no sense

 

I don’t know how lost and confused I am,

Does the crazy man know how crazy he is?

Does a wild man tell how wild he is?

My scenario is no different

 

Truth be told, I am lost

To tell it truly, I’ll be found only by your side

By your side is where I belong

Only by your side, that’s when the world makes perfect sense

How beautiful are you?

You don’t think you’re beautiful enough

To say “I want to be loved and not to be taken

Advantaged of”?

You don’t think you’re beautiful enough

To say “Don’t talk to me like that”?

You don’t think you’re beautiful enough

To say “Don’t touch me like that”?

You don’t think you’re beautiful enough

To say “material possessions can never

Materialize into a better me”?

You don’t think you’re beautiful enough

To say “I want be loved, adored and respected?”

You don’t think you’re beautiful enough

To say “I want to be the best wife and mother my

Family would be proud of?”

 

Well, allow me to answer that for you;

You are beautiful lady,

More beautiful than any of God’s creatures

You are the star that shines the earth

You are adorable and so kind hearted

One worthy of only a real man who knows and

Understands your self-worth

A man who’d love you unconditionally.

 

In the middle of my bewilderment,

I finally took a stand that,

Some of us want to be the fire extinguisher

Others will grab the valuables and leave

The house as soon as they smell the smoke

I promise to be here whenever you need me

Inspired by Amir Sulaiman’s poem “You are pretty’

Starting with the end in mind(Poem)

You may write down

Your names as men who

Went down the archive of history

With golden pen

And leaving years later

with your shoulders high

Only when you start with the end in mind

 

With the end in mind

your story may end with a glorious ending

but with the opposite in mind,

your story may end with regrettable tales

Alas! it can still be avoided now only if

you start with the end in mind

 

Some may end up allowing the University

to pass through them

instead of them passing through the University

Cos many came, saw and conquered

While others came, saw and were conquered

but starting with the end in mind could be

A guiding principle

 

You’re all like new born babies;

All with a new slate that is devoid of any stains

its all up to you to decide what you want

to see on your slate at the end of your stay here

the end surely is a means to itself

only when you start with the end in  mind

 

 

To all new students of Faculty of Law, University of Jos, Nigeria