#27 – on my bicycle


today i rode
my bicycle
through the streets
of my hometown

I saw veranda posts
from Ile-Ife
littering the sidewalks
of my hometown

there’s a girl
setting up shop
multiple fruits on her pan
i offered her a hand

there’s a boy
over there
fashioning totem polls
dog, tortoise, pigeon

there’s a woman
weaving mats
her children play
hide and seek

In my hometown
there’s a yellow church
and multiple forest shrines
visit them all

then i met
a man
one eye, arm and leg
he’s a god

the birds sang
from his waving staff
blessings to you he said
blessings to you

today i rode
my bicycle
to where my ancestors sleep
in my hometown

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