Like a connoisseur
revamping a Bard’s manuscript,
Let me edit
the scribbles of your he(art),
the riddles of your inactions,
the incoherences of your trust,
with the staunch elements of love.
let me modify you
with metaphors of commitment,
symbols of credence,
punctuations of passion,
till you evolve into a poem
spurring forth meaning.
Shield your conscience, shield it well,
before thoughts of letch begins to flirt
with the nucleus of your exuberance.
Today, we visited Eros’ aphrodisiac temple
where Eve’s luscious apples
are sold for dollars of ciphers
There, tits, curves & loins of various
to the hedonistic desires of men
Lo! When our sights came across an evangelist,
We held our crucifix, we knelt to pray,
We uttered, “Let this cup pass us over”
But the cup never passed.
Alas! We are no longer celibates.
About the Poet
Ajise Vincent is a Nigerian Poet. His poem “Song of a Progeny” was a shortlisted poem at the Korea- Nigeria Poetry feast, 2015. His works have been published in London grip magazine, Kalahari Review, Sakonfa literary magazine, AfricanWriter, Indian periodical, Social Justice Poetry, I Am Not a Silent Poet, Afrikana ng, Poetry Pacific, Jalada Africa,The Poet Community, Whispers, Commonline Journal, Poetry Life & Times, NovelAfrique, Madswirl, Black Boy Review, Tuck Magazine and various literary outlets. He is currently finishing up a major in Economics at the University.