Àdùké: A Poem By Dayò Ayílárá
Dayò Ayílárá writes from Abuja, Nigeria. His poetry focuses on nature, the beauty in pain, hope, love, and loss.
To measure your smile
i will take my traverse up the mountain range
child of gladness, your dawning changes attire
like white weather soaked in yellow and black dye
with rainbows of ropes to tie
i will take my going far
i will avoid the ocean; it ripples repeatedly
and widens and contrasts – i do not even know what it says
but i know it sings, something about your name
i will avoid the white land
it lacks the loamy of your skin
and the green that this country has been
belittles your harvest of joys
when i get to the mountain range
i will ask the sun
why he’s still crawling while your smile
runs miles in my head?
why are there no rays to measure your smile?
i journeyed in a lady’s head before i crashed
and now you smile has saved me from the trash.
Dayò Ayílárá is a lawyer, business consultant, cartoonist, graphics designer, and calligrapher. He writes from Abuja, Nigeria. His poetry focuses on nature, the beauty in pain, hope, love, and loss. Dayò Ayílárá is his name and not a pseudonym.
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