Rumpled Rose by Tosin Morakinyo

A solitary gardener I was
rendering the garden under
my watchful eyes. Bones grew
weary as the day strolls piecemeal. 

Like Adam's was there a helpmeet 
for me to make lighter heavy burden
Her beauty transcends Belinda's and
Her heart could drive nut the oceans. 

I'd let smile fly out of its nest: my mouth
as she steps out to our pretty garden
Her feet are graced with flamboyance 
In no time, all and sundry envied me. 

The penultimate night; a lonely star 
appeared forlorn in the sky. My mind
never did listen to what the star was
about to say. My deaf ears grew active. 

I felt a valiant emptiness that occupy me
strongly like Greek soldiers with gifts. 
All I wanted to achieve get done reluctantly
Yet my ears were locked away from omens. 

When the day came to welcome tragedy
Rivers flowed backward; air fell like rain. 
My flower vase fell shattering my rose
Her juice left my life never to return. 

I now exist in the shadow of my past
where falling in love has become a gall
and the sweet gall; my joyful agony
I've learnt to live in betwixt two worlds.
Photo by Lisa Fotios on

About the Poet:

Tosin Morakinyo is an eclectic writer. His dynamism in writing has fetched him astounding accolades from all and sundry. He’s an actor par excellence as well as a poet with a peculiar niche rooted in the culture of the African tradition. He has written many poems with a view to righting the wrongs in the society.

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