Shishir (Winter) 2021 Poems - Abdulmueed Balogun


Drama of Ignorance
By Abdulmueed Balogun


I wonder, if it's worthy of me,
To keep my tongue buried in
My mouth, seal my hands
In my pocket and shut the doors
Of my eyes, when I see something
Sordid clothed in silk dissolving into
The river of our upright norms,
Walking shoulders high on the
Pate of our chaste street,
Crippling and crippling the
Pillars of sanity and sanctity--
In homes, and in the city at large.
I wonder, if I at that moment,
Load the lorry of my ears with
wools, feigning dump, if I shut
the doors of my eyes, playing
blind, and after acting well my
part in the drama of ignorance,
I wonder, if I am still worthy
Of being called a man, a saint.


Abdulmueed Balogun is a Nigerian poet & an undergrad at the University of Ibadan. He is a 2021 HUES Foundation Scholar and a Poetry Editor at The Global Youth Review. He was longlisted for the 2021 Ebarcce Prize, won Honorable mention in the 2021 Whispering Crescent Poetry Prize, Shortlisted for the BBPC Feb/March 2021 and a recipient of the 2021 SpringNg writing fellowship. His works are forthcom(in)g: Avalon Literary Review, Night Heron Barks, Salamander Ink, Kreative Diadem, Subnivean Magazine, Jmww Journal, The Remant Archive and in anthologies: Poets of 2020, Cathalbui Poetry Competition 2021..


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