Poetry

FAME AND HUMANITY By Michael Oluwatobi Adeniran

Written by Editor

Things changed all of a sudden
With greetings, acknowledgements, and accolades
Pouring in from unfamiliar directions
I have become
A renown overnight

The needy people at the gate
Stooped into my car
With a loud ‘Guten Morgan Empress’
The launderer who irons my clothes
The milkman and the paper-boy
And the grumpy car cleaner
Who cleans the neighbour’s vehicles
The guy at the parking lot
Of the supermarket
God knows what he does
The uncaring beggar on the streets
Have all overnight turned over-polite
Acknowledging my so far unnoticed
Insignificant existence

The watchmen in our neighbouring villas
Who demanded my identity to be proved back then
The other day to access their premises
Jumped in front of my car
Precariously to wish me a good day all because of fame

The cat was out when the young maid
At my friend’s apartment
Who blushes and hangs her head
At my greying femininity
Was emboldened today
To smile and look into my eyes
And pronounce in no uncertain terms
“Happy Rhum day Empress”

Oh, I am stardom today
Who the world has time to accept
Thanks to God
Who cares about tomorrow
I as stardom have to leave one day
But not now,
Not sooon,
Not forever.

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.