Poetry

AS NAÏVE AS I WAS By Jelilat Oluwakemi

Written by Editor

As naive as I was

Have played with sands 

Have carelessly sat under a tree where snake lies on its top

Have mistaken a scorpion for a mere crab

Have walked around our neighborhood without shoed

Have fallen down, got wounded and laughed it off

Have taken unripe fruit from my friends

Have played under an heavy rain 

I scaled through and moved on to the next stage

It should be more easier than then as I will look out wisely

All the paths have walked have now grown thorns

Now, I run as I have gotten to know all

A scorpion is far from crab

I know a scorpion stings with venom while a crab bite

Of course I know now, I can’t bear to get sting or bitten by either of them

I can no longer go out without shoe as I know the thorns that lie on my way

A small wound now is being taken care of to prevent tetanus 

I no longer take unripe fruit

Playing in the rain is even far back

Then I begin to wonder if there is another person in me

The same me has done all these

It has now turned back on me

Now I realise, a child runs after death for many years

till death turns back and starts chasing the child Alas! The small child then keeps running from death

About the author

Editor

Bada Yusuf Amoo holds B.A in Literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, he is the publisher of thespeakingheart.com. He started the website in 2015, he has published both his works and other budding writers and poets on the website. He is a public commentators and his articles are on different websites.