I feel coke

At this point, i should play it cool and tell it like it is…

What good did that ever do anyone though?

…i digress

Your sentiments have blinded you and numbed your senses. Emotions are only healthy until they are not.

What is a Leader?

Loved and Lover of all? Caesar would beg to differ.

One came bearing visions and a dream, the blueprint laid bare for all to say. Bitter words were his bond as he sought to strengthen your arms and lift your voice.

One vote, one choice…what was your play?

Another came with songs and choice illusions, cakes and emptiness…chocolates and nothingness. Crawling on bruised knees craving attention with an empty plea.

One vote, one choice…what was your play?

Regret is like diet coke, everything and nothing. Now your heart races to the abandoned Redeemer…the forgotten Messiah as the cookies crumble southwards.

Dominoes fall out of place as your champion stands and stare bespectacled, If only this were a staring contest?

Now there is a hole where your heart lies as you read the runes and decipher their tune…to

go forth to go back and build again.

One vote, one choice…We had our chance and blew it.


About the Author:

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 Tobie Ogufere is a Banker. He is a young budding poet, blogger and critic. A few of his poems, “Babel”, “Incomplete” and “A Reporter From Zaire”. His works have been published by The Lion King Magazine and The Poet Sanctuary. Tobie draws his influence from songs of all genre.

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I'm finishing up a phd at Duke University where I study African novels, which I believe are some of the loveliest things ever written. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

One Response to “Choices and Diet Coke | by Tobie Ogufere | African Poetry” Subscribe

  1. Carl Terver 2015/11/25 at 12:36 am #

    Really nice style. In fact, one I’d like to study. Once in a while we need some renegades!

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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