Puerile but Virile

Sometimes we have to do
things we can hardly undo
for in life we may have to learn
and sometimes to be mean and stern

This life has made us puerile totterers and we are
like toss-coins in the hand of a trickster tosser
now we live in a delicate world of critical paradox
now we face the nimble metonymy of a human fox

Life is a cage
where everyone has got an age
each passing day is like a blank page
sometimes hurriedly filled in rage
at other times gently filled beyond the gage

Life has set the pace
and we must run the race
for us to be at a certain place
that we may never be out of place

sometimes we’ve to worry
to be able to tell the glorious story
sometimes our ways might be gory
to unmask the hidden glory

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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