Three Poems | Tolu’ A. Akinyemi

Fading Cloud

The morning is a cloud

Overshadowing the gloom of night’s dark.

The morning is a growing tree

Spreading fearless


The morning dew

Washes gales of intense sorrow.

Pour libations on dry grounds

To awaken dead spirits.

The morning bares cleavages of hope

At intersections where the dots

No longer connect.

When the morning bleeds tears,

Blurry fogs blind lucid dreams.

Worship the morning’s dawn

To break the chain of mourning

Before we become a vanishing cloud.

The Morning Cloud

The morning’s clouds are as fresh

as the morning dew

before pollution left a ruinous mark

on its unsullied record.

Can’t you see the smoke billows

blighting its innocence?

The government’s laxity is cold

and searing.

Our farmlands bear testament

to our distressing wails;

a once-virgin land, clothed in innocence

before we soiled its green

and apathy became second nature.

The earth is in agony

and our actions are empty

like the morning’s clouds.

Prayer for Clemency

The superintendent hangs boots made of sloths

On God’s neck,

Shrinking from troubles

Here and there.

Say, only God can swallow the floods

And drink this sweeping storm

That has weathered our greens,

Etching misery along the way

Climate changes its spots

Leaving footprints of woes

And the superintendent, with hands of clay,

puts his stakes on God.

A man is building blocks of confidence

With no works: fortresses in the wind.

The rainstorms have left us washed

And at the mercy of raging waters.

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Tolu’ A. Akinyemi (also known as Tolutoludo & the Lion of Newcastle) is a multiple award-winning author in the genres of poetry, short stories, children’s literature, and essays.

His works include Dead Lions Don’t Roar (poetry, 2017); Unravel Your Hidden Gems (essays, 2018); Dead Dogs Don’t Bark (poetry, 2018); Dead Cats Don’t Meow (poetry, 2019); Never Play Games With the Devil (poetry, 2019); Inferno of Silence (short stories, 2020); A Booktiful Love (poetry, 2020); Black ≠ Inferior (poetry, 2021); Never Marry a Writer (poetry, 2021); Everybody Don Kolomental (poetry, 2021); I Wear Self-Confidence Like a Second Skin (children’s literature, 2021); I Am Not a Troublemaker (children’s literature, 2021); Born in Lockdown (poetry, 2021); A god in a Human Body (poetry, 2022); If You Have To Be Anything, Be Kind (children’s literature, 2022); City of Lost Memories, (poetry, 2022); Awaken Your Inner Lion, (essays, 2022); On The Train To Hell, (poetry, 2022); You Need More Than Dreams (poetry, 2023); and The Morning Cloud is Empty (poetry, 2023).

He is a co-founder of Lion and Lilac, a UK-based arts organisation, and sits on the board of many organisations.      

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