The Prisoner's Voice



By Oloyede Olushola

After many days of travel and hustle
I had believed the literary peregrinating would set me free;
But here I am,
So weak & tired,
Expecting more from knights that never care of the nights;
Here I am, in this prison, so known for many years.


I have lived four years in this mansion of resources,
I have enjoyed its wealth of discomfort.
Even as a kid, the story was not different.
I opened many of the Shakespearean world;
Since many say, it's the only way out,
But here I am,
So weak and tired,
Expecting more from knights that never care of nights,
Here I am, in this prison known for many years

My eyes have seen
And my ears observed the deed of this prison
A mansion so bestowed with milk and honey;
So blessed with streams of oil in the Delta,
So blessed with groundnut in the North
Coal from the East and Cocoa from the west,
But here I am
So weak and tired
Expecting more from knights that never care,
Here it is, transforming to this wall, so known for many years

The inmates are compatriots
They obey the calls of the fatherland;
As ordered by the book in the hands of the knights;
So as to make a replica of the labour of their past heroes.
The commandant and the warders are their brother men,
They, on the order of the superior knights
Enslave their country-men, in the quest to kill their inner hunger
So here they are,
So weak and tired,
Expecting more from knights that never care
Here they are,
In this prison, so known for many years

There had been rumpus in the North
The Arabian springs had overpowered many powerful knights.
Different stories have been told about the former story tellers.
And same songs of bloodstains rock through the East,
Even as the sun keeps smiling
The tempo of this rhythm is high;
Sounding so close to this wall,
But here we are,
So weak and afraid;
Afraid of dancing to the beat of revolution
Afraid of breaking the gates of this prison,
Still expecting more from knight that will never care,
Here we are in this prison, so known for many years.

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