Olamilekan Yusuf is an emerging poet, who is also an undergraduate at the University of Ilorin, where he pursues a degree in biochemistry.
Colors of Hope
Today, I learned that light is light
Even when it is short-lived, this lesson
Began with syllables that cut like knives.
& at the end of every memory
There is either a drowning or a wanting.
Somewhere in tomorrow, pain still laid
With me on this bed of empty; say grief,
Say a liturgy that fell from a boy’s mouth
like glass, sounded like blasphemy.
This is what hope is:
To want to paint a dream in colors of truth:
but the boys I know used their blood,
This lesson ended like it began;
with syllables that cut like knives like
Salvation trapped in the throat of a boy
instead of the ears of God.
Olamilekan Yusuf is an emerging poet, who is also an undergraduate at the University of Ilorin, where he pursues a degree in biochemistry. His works have been featured in a few anthologies and some magazines. He believes in the power of anything written.
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