[poetry] Midnight’s Children

18 Sep

By Tolu Ogunlesi

For Us, who missed the party that set forth at Dawn…

“We are refugees fleeing from the excesses of our parents.” – Dambudzo Marechera

I
Shall we envy them who set forth at dawn?
Dawn, when cohabitation
was the biggest crime
good and evil could jointly muster.

They went to bed with yesterday’s sun
that they might rise, well before today’s,
and set forth, as the tip of day
light’s tongue licked the sky awake.

But as for me and my house
we shall set forth as midnight’s babies,
sleepwalkers burdened
by the ill-packed bags of emergency.

Midnight, when Crime and Innocence beat
with the single heart of siamese twins.

II
They sing to us
of the need to appease Somnus early;
they, barbers to whom wisdom
has entrusted her grey Afro,
patrons with whom dawn
perfected the strip-tease.

Pity – our gift to them,
our peace offering to all who will never realize
just how many cubes of courage have gone
into these cups of childly wisdom
that steam in our hands.

III
Early, at the feast of dawn, they gathered
up the kitchen, and set forth
on their illustrious journey
forgetting the fate that tomorrow awaits
manna smuggled in bags of pilgrimage.
and the manna died.

IV
And we, who could not set forth at dawn
have joyously settled for midnight
having little to lose, and everything to gain
from time and chance, masked deities
of this hour of anomy.

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7 Responses to “[poetry] Midnight’s Children”

  1. Dmp Lover October 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Love it T! Xoxo W.

  2. Ayo Morakinyo November 1, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Wonderful lines egbon! I am inspired. Eku ise. But then, I have one thing against you, I sent an email many months ago, the one whose reply your typing fingers ignored. Still waiting…

  3. Ogor November 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    Hmm.. Midnight children..is it okay to settle? Easier,maybe?

  4. Goleng February 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Great work…

  5. isetfiretotherain March 6, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Reblogged this on ramblingsofadiva and commented:
    Amazing poem! Each line holds a world of meaning, Tolu is indeed a Giant of the Pen.

  6. Sam June 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    Great poem!

  7. charming October 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Really really nice ℓ̊ must say.beautiful work

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