On the mountain

We pitch our love
against the height of the soaring mountain
and we see the base of our ascent

We measure our love
with the depth of the bottomless valley
and we see a container that never gets full

We stand on the peak of the mountain
and we see the streaks of the multifaced world

The mountain elevates us to the wall of the sky
to bring our query to the ears of the most high

On the mountain,
we see the anguish of success
and the dilemma of failure

We see the grief of relegation
and the euphoria of elevation

Basit Olatunji

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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