Poetry Play #26

poetry play

Samuel Oluwatobi Olatunji and Torera Adesina



                The pretty pink school bag

                Hanging off the shoulder of the boy walking by

                What secrets has it heard?

                What memories does it have?


     He walks

                Head like a falling bridge

                Eyes fixed down as if looking for diamond stones on the street

                He seems too afraid

                He fears the world may see his secrets

                By looking into the milky mirror of his eyes


                So he whispers them every night to the pretty pink school bag

                The tears his daddy sheds since his mummy left

                The cigarette packs hidden under his bed

                The lashes on his back from where nanny struck him


                They are secrets sacred to him

                Which only the silence of the bag hears

                Secrets as diaries with scattered scribbles

                As pens with chewed bottoms

                As porn mags and bar soaps

                As black lips and packets of Tom-Tom

                Secrets of self-created night orgasm

                And the serenity from the caresses of cigarettes smoke


                And so the pretty pink bag weighs heavy with these burdens

                Sorrowful from carrying the thoughts of the young boy alone

                Waiting until it is passed on to another

                Until more stories are poured into it

                Hopeful for joyful ones

                Wary of darker ones

                But resolved to keep them all


NB: Poetry Play, a product of Artilogue in partnership with PenAStory, is a game in form of poetic dialogue for every poet on BBM. It is a game of two poets: one drops a line or more, and the other replies, flowing along until one of them gives up, or the poem gets too long. Every poem formed from this game will be published here (penastory.com) every Friday and Saturday. So poets, are you ready to play? If yes, contact Samuel via BBM: 7f5210ec


About PenAStory

PenAStory is a group of young individuals with a passion for literature who have decided to come together to write under one platform. We seek to educate, inform as well as entertain our readers. Also, because we are targeting young literature lovers, we would like to touch on other interests of their lives hence the relationship category and because we all need a bit of motivation in our lives, we decided inspiration won't be so bad
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