The poet wants to know why the word “short” has more letters than the word “long”? This, of course, might seem like a simple question but odd, it can only come from a deep and troubling mind of someone who put words together to tell the mystery of our emotions.
The poet said: “I’m just here wondering why the word ‘short’ is longer than the word ‘long’.”
Some of his devoted followers were stunned with the question, ruminating over the impact of it while others have seemingly question of their own. One commenter with the IG name @the_emerald_lass commented under poet Tolu’s question “Even petite is longer than tall.”
Poets are seen as semi-gods cause they paint our imagination with a universe that exists beyond grasp or the ones inside our heads we can’t find words to describe and poet Tolu is one of those Nigerian poets who paints beautiful images with his stanzas of cultural poetry.
Below is one of his recent poems:
This morning, Tade’s father fell
Into the pond near the barber’s shop.
He was pulled out unharmed
But dripping with shame
Since everyone knew why he fell in,
Staring at your hips
While you passed innocently.
The fence around your mother’s house
Is falling down as well, under the weight
Of the throngs of boys and men
From your street
(And the other streets) who lean on it.
They come each morning
Like antelopes to the waterhole
Thirsty to gulp a glimpse of you
They still saw the day before.
Daily, one by one, marinated in your awe
They come, with offerings of names.
They call you the nemesis of the moon,
And the eyes that bully the sun at noon,
They call you the heat-on-butter smile
They call you the purr of the evening breeze,
They call you the skin of glass to the eyes
And the skin of silk to the feel.
They call you names
As you inspire them like wine
But the only answer they get
Is the language of your ivory legs,
The flutter in your supple cheeks,
The pout of your lips, the spell in your eyes
And the way it seems
Even the wind waits on you to speak.
Each morning, I watch from a distance,
As you chase them away with stones.
You say love is overrated?
I will show you (pepper) .