Laid to Rest

Steps to Heaven or hell


That’s the only real decision we make in life

We make not life itself

The blame is laid across the busy city streets

The blame hangs proudly

On the American flags we wave

Placed in the mouths of preachers

Who preach inconsistently in the pews

On Sunday mornings packed with the hypocrites


Never forget the lies in the sheets of the bed

We slept in last night and made this morning

Ryan Johnson

About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. We don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art, too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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