Update from Qudus' blog

Mar 17, 2007

my judgement

My own judgement has been passed
and this is the day
I've lived all my life for Lucifer they say
i already had a dream of the day i will die
death by hanging to be precise,
just in few weeks
yet i am strong
it takes a real man to be
my only fear is for my people
those amongst them
who have accepted the new testament
are surely in error,
go through the fiction of my life
and write a new edition of it

Even dancers write

my dance needs no further salt nor pepper
my dance looks good even on paper
but my writing would not move the piper

then i developed the habit of
putting my thoughts and emotion into movements
putting my movements into words
my words into writing.
and storing them privately
Even dancers can write!

the most times I go to see the poets
I wonder why they don't write like me
and why I don't write like them
I began to hide my private part
and continue to steal floor,
for that was all I knew how to do
and they continue to see me
during my insanity
but I continue to hide-write.

finally the smoke of my hidden fire surfaced
the smell of my insanity followed me to the floor
they mocked "even dancers write?"
Ha ha ha...

and I continue to hide my private part
but continue to steal the floor.

when my poem suddenly became movement
when my emotion has got no boundary
when my words became adult
and my dance became even,
when I was least expected
I dance in the gathering of poets
and I stole the floor
they realized 
even dancers can write
this time no "ha ha ha..."

and they began to write dancers evenly.


With the thought of the
1960 Nigerian madness
i learn how to dialogue
with the though of the future heroes
i contribute to my world
with the grace of my parent
I'm alive today
in the name of my family
i thank you listeners, audience
and readers of my poetry
in the name of my nation
i pledge to be humble
and i dedicate the award to all the
oppressed forgotten heroes
who didn't make the journey