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Olalekan Daniel – “Depression and Peace”

I’d travelled with the moon till it died to a troubled sea
where a tree with saving branch stronger than i
could lift me above mounds of loam that swallowed roots.
I wanted it easy so I’d taken tiny twine to the tree;
I wanted it innocent so I’d chosen a tree by the sea…
at least if the twine failed, or my weight wearied the branch,
the troubled sea & my cold body would find peace beyond…
I’d touched my sore in the place that it sweetened
like an early morning bite of a bitter-leaf stem…
I touched it the more till it became bounty bridges
of lettered pages with colour of smeared ink-black!
I didn’t cry but I saw grasses weep for me droplet dews,
I saw winds flogging off leaves, scattered on dust…
the weeping grasses, the scattered leaves, and I; dying!
I’d built an altar at the nook of a forgotten hut
where my hurts burned and burned like an incense…
I’d hidden weights of a coward heart under the tent
of wet tongue and clenched teeth till my heart melted
as death snapped his fingers at me in early mo(u)rnings…
my tongue became wet with tears, it tasted sour;
my pages were with oozed drops, dripping death..
I’d heard the echoes of my shadow call in the dark…
I’d fed my soul with cup of brewed wine to the brim…
I’d seen candle die into new body without string of life…
suicide is sinful; deep-ression is a self slow death
so I sieved the shaft from the wheat and saw light,
I groped for a plain sheet and poured my heart in letters,
folded it to paper plane and watched my past fly with wind.


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

June 14, 2020 at 2:05 pm

This is lovely. I pray this should go a long way

Olalekan Daniel Kehindereply
June 14, 2020 at 4:40 pm
– In reply to: Bukola

Thanks so much.. Amen!

BOGUNMBE, Olalekan Tobilobareply
June 14, 2020 at 2:24 pm

Hmmm! Depression is Suicidal… So many lives have been lost as a result of this. I pray all the Depressed find “Light” and get a plain sheet to pour their Hearts on! Good Job.

Olalekan Daniel Kehindereply
June 14, 2020 at 4:40 pm
– In reply to: BOGUNMBE, Olalekan Tobiloba

Thanks so much. I hope the depressed find peace!

Olutola Odugbesanreply
June 14, 2020 at 2:41 pm

A good one 👌

Is this the next Wole Soyinka? Nice onereply
June 14, 2020 at 4:12 pm
– In reply to: Olutola Odugbesan


Olalekan Daniel Kehindereply
June 14, 2020 at 4:41 pm
– In reply to: Olutola Odugbesan

Thanks.. I’m honoured

Olabanjo Matthewreply
June 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm

You are rocketing it brother…….. Bravo keep it up…..

Olalekan Daniel Kehindereply
June 14, 2020 at 4:41 pm
– In reply to: Olabanjo Matthew

Thanks for reading.

Prof. Alexreply
June 14, 2020 at 7:49 pm
– In reply to: Olabanjo Matthew

A poem well knit
Replete with rare wits
Able to make Heaven of hell
And birth good news to tell.

June 14, 2020 at 3:33 pm

This is awesome 👏👏 nicely written with good imagery

Olalekan Daniel Kehindereply
June 14, 2020 at 4:42 pm
– In reply to: YETUNDE.O

Thank you for reading.

June 14, 2020 at 4:59 pm
– In reply to: Olalekan Daniel Kehinde

Well written!
Keep it rolling…
-Depression is a self low esteem.

June 14, 2020 at 3:35 pm

Awesome 👏👏👏

Smart Abavoreply
June 14, 2020 at 3:45 pm

Amazing poem… Depression is death in life!

Olalekan Daniel Kehindereply
June 14, 2020 at 4:43 pm
– In reply to: Smart Abavo

Thanks for reading. We hope and pray that the depressed find peace!

Agbele Timothyreply
June 14, 2020 at 6:40 pm

Nice piece

Oluwasegun Mykereply
June 15, 2020 at 2:16 am

Wow, nicely composed, great expressions too. This is wonderful sir, keep the good work going.

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June 15, 2020 at 11:04 am


olaegbe Rasheedatreply
June 15, 2020 at 1:42 pm

Interesting work

Solomon Susanreply
June 15, 2020 at 7:27 pm

Wow, such a nice one dear, keep it up.

June 28, 2020 at 10:19 pm

Brodally I sight you well done job

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