Have your quit notice
Lest for sacrilege I’m jailed
What nature are you, exoskeleton nouns
That always to see is to kiss
To smile and embrace brothers
Numberless times per day?

Neither red nor crimson in texture
Your limbs are tiny
Yet, vagrant par excellence
Your works are communal
Why you and not man?

So infinitesimal!
What heart have you that man has not devoured
Both in sugar and unprotected dish?
Yet, man’s smile is poisonous
Man makes man prey
And my brother clobbered me dead

But for you is an endless love in your race
And for this I’m so jealous of you
So, make my wall no more your road
Otherwise I’ll show you I’m a man

Gbenga Ogunleye

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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