Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 5,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

21067885034_10d90445f2_z-e1444974021637

I dream sometimes of suns—
They are lost in this cave of storms,

I dream sometimes of storms
On skyward reins of a thirsty earth

As ants, burdened, yet a grieving shadow
To exiles of sap, drawn as moons

And I hear them scuttle only where
Papa’s wine usurps mother’s breasts;

Lone as the tongue that recalls, as our
Roof who casted mangoes used to kiss.

I dream sometimes of kernels, earthed,
As marooned tribes of the world—

Burrowing voices, a mind’s penance
Shriveled in time’s progression

I dream of barns, for now I see walls
I dream of dance, for now I see haste

Lest, seeing, I mourn for eternities
That receding skin where furrows lie;

All that lies mocks a dying cloud
Survived by long forgotten mists…

Lover, you have become as mist
I dream sometimes of you in sessions:

“Do you miss me?” “When will you return?”
PHONE STATIC— “Have a nice day now.”

Or a nice month it was. Or year. Or decade.
Incessant fears prolong the path of hope

Yet I dream sometimes of your touch
Upon this dangling telephone wire.

*************

Post image by emilykneeter via Flickr

About the Author:

IMG_20150622_231020Oyin Oludipe is the Nonfiction Editor of Expound, a magazine of arts and aesthetics. He is a young Nigerian poet, blogger, playwright, essayist, critic, columnist and copywriter. He contributed to the anthology, “Footmarks: Poems on 100 Years of Nigeria’s Nationhood” with his poems, “Student” and “The Rage is Red”. His works have been published by The New Black Magazine, Ehanom Review, Ijagun Poetry Journal, The Kalahari Review, Praxis Magazine for Arts and Literature, The Literary Vox, Kaanem Art Magazine, Kalamu Review, Pulse.ng, The Guardian and other Nigerian dailies. Oyin’s major influence is the Nigerian Nobel Laureate and Playwright, Wole Soyinka.

Tags: , ,

Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

6 Responses to “Dream | by Oyin Oludipe | African Poetry” Subscribe

  1. Celestine Chimmumunefenwuanya Victorson October 16, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

    I hope you’d write like Prof. Wole very soon.Your lines hang his muse’s aura.And am sure.

  2. Sola October 19, 2015 at 8:05 am #

    “I dream sometimes of kernels, earthed,
    As marooned tribes of the world.”

    A serious nostalgia breathes through these lines. Wonderful poem, Oyin.

  3. Olanike Fowora October 19, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    Very well written! Reading this has left me with dreams. Lol Oyin’s lines are so vivid, full of imageries and haunting thoughts.

  4. Jumoke October 19, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    I love his mastery of language!

  5. ehindola October 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

    You once again blend bisected aspects of human most disturbed side with serious and provocative images.

  6. Mide October 24, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    Fine writing… I enjoyed your poetry

Leave a Reply

Welcome to Brittle Paper, your go-to site for African writing and literary culture. We bring you all the latest news and juicy updates on publications, authors, events, prizes, and lifestyle. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@brittlepaper) and sign up for our "I love African Literature" newsletter.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

For Working Class Writers & Refugees, Sulaiman Addonia Is Giving Out 40 Free Tickets to the Asmara Addis Festival

Asmara Addis Literray Festival in Exile (13)

When writing is described as an elitist profession, critics mean that opportunities in the field are determined by access, which […]

Modern Sudanese Poetry | New Anthology Spans Six Decades of Sudanese History & Cultural Intersections

Modern Sudanese Poetry - graph

Modern Sudanese Poetry: An Anthology, translated and edited by the Sudanese poet Adil Babikir, was published in paperback in September […]

Chuma Nwokolo Wins Lawsuit Against High Definition Film Studio, Shares More Stories of Plagiarism of His Work

chuma nwokolo by Yusuf Dahir

In November 2019, the Nigerian author Chuma Nwokolo called out Nollywood filmmaker Bright Wonder Obasi for using sections of his […]

Apply to the African Writers Trust Publishing Fellowship Programme

African writers trust

African Writers Trust (AWT) is a non-profit collective that seeks to promote the sharing of skills and resources, and to […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Receives Oxfam Novib/PEN International Award for Freedom of Expression

stella nyanzi - graph - kampala dispatch

The Ugandan academic and gender and queer rights advocate Dr Stella Nyanzi has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International […]

The 2000s-10s Generation of Nigerian Writers Has Failed Politically | Michael Chiedoziem Chukwudera

nigeria map graph

1. At the Ake Arts and Books Festival in Lagos last October, the novelist Helon Habila said something about identifying […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.