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.
I have to be full of play
put my old garment away
let it pass, this dull life
i have lost everything
my music, guitar, and string
what more is there to strife?
laughter dissolves its bricks
my roof is at ankle level
no one is asking what is this rumble
is it his heart that sinks
that lively, happy boy?
no, it is my joy
yam dissolves into flour
beans dissolve into cake
the grumbling of nagging men
made the moon melancholic
it is enmity that dissolves a song
Cobwebs paint memories of death to the flea
the artist is a womanizer of colours
when a star drops dead a soul is set free
from paintings and from memories,
your sketchpad withdrawn eternally
only those who can place their eyes
in their fingers can grip the lead
and i can remember how many sheets were torn
how many pencils broken – from the heart
some artworks were fine but they had not learnt to paint
their desires from a sketchy dream
we think of living as imaginative composition
but what does life think of us
still life or still birth
either you draw or you drag
you get at something
may i not sleep to wake at my life’s end
may all fine colours of this palette of life be mine
in art class at FUSC, some drew what they saw
others saw what they drew
hunger paints wealth
and wealth draws arrogance well
someone in sketching something.
FUSC: Foundation Upper Standard College, Ajangbadi, Lagos
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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