Special Feature: The Young Man by Adeosun Tomiwa

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The young man stands there laughing

But he knows where the shoe hurts him.

The renaissance of the soothing pain makes

Him reminisce on future scenes

The young man stands there laughing

But he doesn’t know how to pacify his rumbling belly

A shack hole, his place of abode,

A nagging skirt, he calls his wife.

The young man stands there laughing,

But his thoughts are far from happy ones.

His childhood dreams were of wealth and fortune,

All of which has become a myth.

The young man stands there laughing,

But while his friends laugh out of their stupor,

He laughs due to his loneliness, for their jokes

Are as dry as the Passover loaf.

The young man stands there laughing,

But his radio speaks of an economic meltdown.

His coat has just become tighter As the price,

Of garri will rise in the market.

The young man stands there laughing,

But in his shaky hand is his sack letter,

His boss has decided to cut down his expenses,

And he stands as a lone scapegoat.

The young man stands there laughing,

But his laughter is neither of joy nor sorrow,

This stage of his life has crushed his feeble mind.

The young man is now the government’s property.

Adeosun Tomiwa is a sophomore at the University of Ibadan, studying Communication  and Language Arts. His poem titled ‘The Young Man’  was shortlisted for the recently concluded Nigerian Students Poetry Prize. His sense of humour and bold smile endears him to the ladies.

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