by Tolu Ogunlesi
Who sits in your cockpit,
Sweaty hands fixed upon your controls -
God, or Darwin?
Who spins your machine out of the path
Of my buzz-seeking swipe;
Programs you to fly light
On your outbound journey, elusive
As light; and to return loaded
With blood, sluggish, half-doomed?
On the wall beside my bed,
Your bloody memory.
You never said
Much, allowing instead
Those whining wings
That fed on dreams
To do all the speaking.
Who will bear your spirit to eternity,
And build a memorial at the site
Where you will lie,
A blood-bearing boeing,
A living signature,
A darkening memory
Originally appeared in Istanbul Literary Review
CENTRE OF WEST AFRICAN STUDIES
University of Birmingham
2nd floor, Arts Building
Tuesday March 1st 2011
at 5.05pm in the Danford Room
A reading by two distinguished Nigerian poets
FEMI OYEBODE is Professor of Psychiatry at the university of Birmingham. He has also published several books of poems, including a volume of Selected Poems published in the Kraftgriots series in 2003. He has been an Honorary Fellow in CWAS for many years.
TOLU OGUNLESI is a highly regarded poet and cultural commentator. In 2009 he won the Arts & Culture Award at the CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards for his story, ‘What the Truck?’, which was chosen from among 836 entries from 38 nations across the African continent. He is currently enrolled on the MA in Creative Writing at University of East Anglia.
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