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The Poetry Blog Of Leonard Epidi

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​ Baby, no dey fumble  You no be James Bond,  You no fit weave my love No be human hair And darling no dey form Like you no get heart Like you no get the feeling That I feel for... Continue Reading →


You Are My Favorite Book 

​ Sometimes when I miss you  I read the books you left me I check the words for traces of our conversations  But the paragraphs understand it,  The pain of space, between us Final like the full stop.  And when... Continue Reading →


​There are too many things wrong in this world, and the right things are content to just live within us.  Love, joy, money. We lust after these things, after physical feel. But can we pause?  Can we pause and enjoy... Continue Reading →

Otunba – A Poem

​ Ijebu man, far away from home  Collecting coins in a bowl He sits all day Arms seeking alms, he begs in sun and in rain Says, boy did you know  About Otuba of old I lived and drank in... Continue Reading →

Amaka – A musical

​Amaka o Listen. to the words i'm Breathin' I never knew  That love would, carry me Kill me Amaka o Turn back, from Enugu I need you  I'm running round  I'm running mad You're running off From our love Amaka... Continue Reading →

Village Love 

​I go write for you  The poetry in my lips And I go dance for you  The dance of beating hearts I fit draw for you  The shape of my arms And yarn your ear The story of our two... Continue Reading →

Return from the Sun 

​The March back home is horrible. I keep seeing and feeling the eyea of the men I killed, staring, just staring. And it feels like they can read the guilt on my skin, I don't wear it well. The others... Continue Reading →

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(on naija)  We tear our tongues  on native names  while smooth saliva  spell foreign ones. Epidi Oreoluwa Elaye 

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Yet here am I,  Clothed with history And breathing in the air Of you,  Of love,  Of moments filled with intense affection - But suddenly,  I sniff, I'm not getting enough air you see, It gets hard to breathe And... Continue Reading →

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