The Alto of Life
In the time and tide of life Like the pitter-patter Of a blushing rain And the staggering legs Of a drunkard All fingers by size Are in staccato But each play Their solfa notes To the Body's lyrics, rhymes and rhythms
In the time and tide of life Like the faint echo Of Nigeria's dying First storey building In my home town, Badagry, "The first house in town Isn't always today's And tomorrow's Most sophisticated Edifice in town."
In the time and tide of life Today's Oba, his Ayaba, Aremo and Ijoye in Yorubaland Soon become Tomorrow's “Once upon a time" For time and tide Takes its fierce toll On their reigns And at other times, Their weary veins.
Ayaba: (Yoruba) queen or king’s wife.
Aremo: (Yoruba) King’s son or prince, entitled to the throne after the reign of his father.
Ijoye: (Yoruba) palace chiefs.
Ayodeji Oje is a member of the Poets in Nigeria Initiative (PIN). He hails from Badagry, Lagos state. He holds a Masters degree in History and Strategic Studies from the University of Lagos. He is interested in wordsmithing.