This is a poem about a visit I made to Ekpoma several years ago during my quest for admission into BENSU. I dropped several kilometres away from the school because I saw a small signpost with BENSU written on it. It was several hours later having found myself trekking into the thick Bush that I realised I hadn’t reached the University gate before I alighted from the vehicle I entered. It was a hard lesson to learn as a teenager. But a certain Mr Tom also in his late teens accommodated me for the night and took me to BENSU (Now AMBROSE ALI UNIVERSITY) the following day.

Read and enjoy.

My feet dragged on and on
Treading on a wet lonely road alone
No birds sang, not even a cawing crow
I was lost and I knew it.

Young and foolish
I took a wrong turn and entered a forest
Now I am on a voyage to the unknown in the land of Ekpoma
The way back to peace has become a faded memory.

Tears welled up in my eyes
Why do bad things happen at the worst times
Heavy rain is pouring out of the mouth of heaven upon a weary body
My face is drenched in rain and in salty tears.


Why did I do this to myself
Why didn’t I think before I alighted from the vehicle
Crying and walking deeper and deeper into the jungle
I am a teenager who won’t see my “Mama” anymore.

I asked the trees “where I was”

They said “you are on a journey to safety”

“Lost in the right route”

“Hurry on as the earth is preparing to rest”.

The rain stopped suddenly

As if to allow the wind to carry the voices of men through the trees to me
“Stop who goes there” their command sent chills into my tired body

Everywhere stood still as shadowy people surrounded me.

“I am a lost youth from the distant land of Osogbo” I cried out
“A stranger who took a wrong turn at an impulsive moment”
“I never robbed a man save for a few pieces of meat stolen from my mama’s pot”
“May I lay my head here whilst I contemplate my future”.

They gave me a place to lay my head for the night
In the house of a certain Mr Tom U

Who smuggled me in so his uncle wouldn’t ‘ know
That a lost impulsive youth is about to spend a night at his house.

When the mosaic of my life’s journey is assembled tile by tile
A medal of honour to you Mr Tom U
I am the youth you harboured without asking me what name was
May heaven reward you for the good you did over 35years ago.

To read another poem click on this link CASTRATED ANGER

If you have ever been lost before? Have you ever found yourself on a road and you didn’t know the way out? Or have experienced a rough travelling experience? Write it in the comments section below.

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KG · June 20, 2020 at 6:15 am

Not a pleasant experience. So many people are lost, not looking for a particular place but lost completely in the jungle and journey of life as a whole. Only God can give divine directions and take them safely to a final destination where glory awaits them.

    Ovyay · June 20, 2020 at 6:27 am

    Truth. Amen.

      Jutta · June 20, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      I enjoy your poems and writing ! Thank you! Lost in the jungles of life we all need an Uncle Tom to give us a hand, a new lease on life, a refuge and shelter, a glimmer of hope when there is none.

        Ovyay · June 21, 2020 at 10:33 am

        Yessss o. We all need a hand. Thanks ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

    Ovyay · June 20, 2020 at 6:28 am

    Truth and Amen

Ovis · June 20, 2020 at 6:35 am

God Always Shows Up To Save Us When We Think Things Are Hopeless. I Like This One In Particular

    Ovyay · June 20, 2020 at 7:13 am

    You have spoken correctly๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช

    Dabira · June 21, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Wow.. going missing is not a small thing oo(especially in a perverse world) .. and even getting someone to help is a great one. God bless the stranger who took you in.

      Ovyay · June 21, 2020 at 10:32 am

      Amen ooo.

      Femare · June 21, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      Helpers of destiny locate us as we journey through life, in Jesus’name.

      To all lost, to those uncertain about steps to take in life and destiny, God will see us give us direction .

      Lovely poem sir, thank you for sharing.

        Ovyay · June 22, 2020 at 4:49 am

        Amen o

Olabisi seun · June 20, 2020 at 11:55 am

Hmmm! I could remember when l was posted to Lagos for my youth service expecting a friend of mine to pick me up, l was afraid l don’t know any where even my uncle’s house l don’t know where he lives. Suddenly, my friend appeared l was so happy.

    Ovyay · June 20, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Thank God for that timely intervention.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Promise Uche · June 21, 2020 at 7:16 pm

Chaii dad. Thank God for delivering you from the bandits and hooligans. This is learning in a very hard way. Today dad , you are an overcomer and will always be. God bless Mr Tom. He was God’s send.

    Ovyay · June 22, 2020 at 4:50 am

    Amen. Grateful to you for your comments.

agina emeka · June 23, 2020 at 8:17 am

When we feel all hope is lost, God always shows up, may God bless Mr tom u…

    Ovyay · June 23, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Yes and Amen.

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