(I wrote this poem because of what I recently experienced when I traveled to the South Western part of Nigeria. I mean, it was as noisy as a market place all through the journey . Talk and more talk till I got angry, got tired of being angry and then decided to write a Poem in the midst of the “market”).

Come along with me on this journey.

Companions and compatriots on an expedition

Roaring and trumpeting as they transited

Engaged in a shouting tournament for the clueless

Not knowing that having an opinion doesn’t translate to having wisdom.

Ovyay the Traveling Poet

Ovyay the Traveling Poet


So I remained in tortuous silence

Whilst seated next to an unabating windy storm

Whose preoccupation was spitting out a mixed grill of the savory and the unpalatable

That ended up leaving the confused more befuddled.

Ovyay at  Obudu Mountains

Ovyay at Obudu Mountains


Out of the moving contraption, I teleported

Went outdoors though situated within doors.

Home in the midst of the greenery and rusticness

The diarrhea of utterances, now a distant inconvenience.

Ovyay the Traveling Poet

Ovyay the Traveling Poet


The rabble-rouser can’t make peace

The peacemaker can’t ordain war

Silent noise is better than disharmonious verbiage

I’d rather listen to neighing horses and bleating sheep.

Ovyay the Traveling Poet

Ovyay the Traveling Poet


Rhythmic unpleasantness, the rhetorics of verbal gladiators in full display

My aching ear, the casualty

Quietude is an anathema when the rabble marches

I am sitting in the wilderness of nothing hoping to learn something.

Ovyay at Olumo Rock, Abeokuta

Ovyay at Olumo Rock, Abeokuta


Finally, a messiah surfaced

Displaying the authority of boots, uniforms, and guns

Park this automobile he ordered

Unthinkable silence at last

My aching ear and banging head can now convalesce in peacefulness.


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KG · April 27, 2019 at 7:23 am

Side effects of travelling by road. 😀😀

    Ovyay · April 27, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Ok next time you pay for my airfare 👍👍

      KG · April 27, 2019 at 11:07 am

      No problem. I will.

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