Collins Aiterebhe

Biography: ...I recall the pernicious vent of inanity, an attorney of songs; a kiss of imaginative empathy that dwells occasionally in artistic isolation!

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Collins Aiterebhe
Friday 4 December 2020

ITEKUN

Lastnight echoes rain

The little children

Gathered by the moon

To overhear

Streams of moonlight tales

Itekun told of herself

The clapping star

The yellow reef

Of hollowing trees

Of spite and rage

Who for a moment

Could cease the wind

With purple thunder

And sea them to halt

Itekun is melania tree

Firm and jelly

Itekun is nothing!

 

      - poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Saturday 21 November 2020

IGBOBONELIMI

Variant of Edo-Esan

Colourifically flamboyant

Dramatic

Superboyantly acrobatic 

Thunder-a-thunder

Flip-per-flip

Terrific

To a traffic of stunned audience


Igbobonelimi

Bright magnificence

Masquerade of the three

natures of man

Tall, medium and small

Telerific

A hardware ghost

Intermidiary of gods and man

Who erupts from the soil

With a gbigi-gbigi bell

Killer of Oduma's show

That four-faced monster

With a long tail


Igbobonelimi

Spinning guts

Of stellar conformities

Funtastically brilliant

Dance of the spirits

Drawing applause

From skewed stubborn faces!


     -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Wednesday 18 November 2020

LOOSE ME

The mother

The child at the back

Both are a bondage

Many the travails 

Of our soul

Many also the tide

That begrudge us

And set us distance

Way up our goals

But loose me

Let me fall to space

Loose me 

To endless manoeuvres

Loose me to the wind

Loose me 

To spread your song

And cause karma 

To dance your tune

You can't go

If you hold me here

You won't grow

When I can't flow

Loose me

Loose me to free you!


      -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Sunday 1 November 2020

THE MERGE

Crack!!!

You stood up

As candid as a mirror 

Languishing in pain

I drove you to the dentist 

To have your tooth fixed

Under the arch of pain

To do and not to do

You lit the fire of love

And in your eyes

I saw the glint

The humming bird

Sang quiki quaki

Our souls budded 

in chemistry

And rode way beyond

the heavenlies 

 

          -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Sunday 1 November 2020

XMAS AT BOUNDARY

At 6
The last fire is the yellow commercial stop & picks
Pile-up the place with Ga-la-la music
The Owo-mi-das are no more
And the traffic of heads as worst
Make kolanut toothed Banbi-Allahs smile
Iya Akpatis hop lightly-gently
In their best to keep away from detonating knockouts

 

The kids
Running higgy-hagga
Shouting, dancing...
In the daze of the dying sun
Catapults a frenzy aroma of merriment
Life can't be any more pleasant
No more the oya-werey rhetorics
No more the churlish rants of Iya-la-ye ees
But purple prose of cheerfulness
"My padi...my padi, show go dey?... No yawa"
Ornate rebranding of messy roundabout
Horn blaring of trailers; a raucous
Causing counter-rhythmic euphony of songs...
To set Boundary, Ajegunle ready for another xmas!

 

            -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Sunday 1 November 2020

WE CAUSE TALL TREES TO SPRANG

Unbusy Lagos train swells my chest to dark memory
'Shift, shift' - crowded pews of high cathedrals
No seats even
Yet Pale love hammered hatred
'Kill am; kill am' - a vire wind
Empty deaths of old mind ghost wreck havoc
Wandering passions concur to selfish instinct; hypocrisy
'Eyah! Eyah!' We move on
On the harshest wing of irony
I swing through the spaces of thoughts
With shallowed hope
I indict the travails of my soul to taste justice
I had never thought of it
How so lonely I am here
Leaders; downpressors offer heidious promises of burnt bread
To achieve their eternal targets of fair flowers
And appease a retrogressive change in broken ladders
Before this black dream I write time - be prepared
Oppressors determine the nature of struggle
Time has date in the memory of pain
Tall trees shall spring these barren zones
To avenge this viral swung of red fire-flies

           
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Collins Aiterebhe
Friday 30 October 2020

LOVE ON THE WEB

Coming to school today was pretty pointless

I was expecting a friend to bring me tickets for graduation

But She never came

Now am stuck here all day

While the underclassmen take their exams


Naturally, am passing the next two and a half hour on the internet

Waiting for Chemistry class

So I can see my friends one last time before I leave this place for good

(Untill Saturday that is)


Am kind of wondering what the weather is like in England

I can't tell you how much I love the rain

Especially in late Spring

If I ever get to be a rock star

My first video will have rain in it


Always, I was just thinking of you

It amuses me that we talk every now and again

Despite the fact that we met in a chat room

I muse from time to time

Over what yours eyes must look like

I think I told you

I can never look some people straight in the eye

For fear that my soul will burn theirs


Well, time to change my song again

I'll talk to you later...

I never was one to linger on a conversation.


        -poems of Collins Aiterebhe




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Collins Aiterebhe
Friday 30 October 2020

EVENING SUN

Gold-plated evening sun
Beauty cut-across
Beams of hope
Frame of creation
Time and courage
Are in your eyes

 

Evening sun
Mercuric pyrotechnic
Over Lagos coastal lines
I feel your peace
I feel your warmth
I see it cut across the Atlantic
Mimicking the coolant waves

 

I want to follow you
Away from this restless bed
Eaten off by nights
Nights that cloud my Africa
And blind it to the luminance
Of life's very essence

 

But I fear
Your stay like ours
Is cut short

 

        -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Friday 30 October 2020

LOVE EN TOTAL

On your request for total love

It's better in time I lay shots

For love herself has no key

To set a countryman at peace


We meddled and cuddled

From cold night winds

For the best you seek 

My night might still quiver

I can't please a young girl

In the spike of youth

Am old man now

And upon winter's tale

I cherish more the shallowness

Of the fire-place of thoughts 


Of you though

I worry becoming unfit


So I will lead you to the clanging bell

I will lead you to the field of yellow daffodils

In central Yorkshire

Together we can dance

In the rains of England

By the edges of the sea

Cockshot with drowse

I can sing you lullaby

To achieve the tragic balance

Of broken spaces

I was never one to love completely


I am an Army Airman

And my love is with the skies!


          -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Thursday 29 October 2020

ODE TO MAMBILA PLATEAU

Sine aspect rush of hardened slabs
Howl sprawl with diving stripes
Overseeing eyes of the gods
Plough over towns; downs of cities
And surfing and dining with snow-white sky
Along stony coast of the savanna
Your beauty unyielding
Spurts across arid paths; arid borderways
With counter-rhythmic respite
You fell in a sinusoidal-wavy gorge
Into the deep clutch of heights
You have not wane nor wither
Foxy Mambila; alluring like Habila
Cute cartel, bride; ever young
I love the siesta lull at your feet
The warmth of your evening dryness
I love your cynosures of ridges and climbing hills
Cresending Numan; across Jos Plateau 
Leaving the plungy harmony of the cactus
And diving far, far and beyond places beyond
About this country, something is beautiful
But we become a moon in the bucket of unsteady waters
Wild creatures preying its own
Only you Mambila is forever peace! 

 

                 -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Thursday 29 October 2020

GOD'S HAND

It follows me like a spy

It holds me like a tie

It's stubborn lika a scar 

And never leaves me far

 

Lion goes toothless

Scorpion stingless

Where can't I stand

Oh this God's Hand!

 

          -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Monday 26 October 2020

I

My been born on the 9th of June
Redefines me an attorney of songs
A kiss of imaginative empathy
That dwells occasionally in artistic
isolation

 

I, Collins recalls the pernicious vent
of inanity
A voice of humanity
Venting issues with the metaphors
of bluntness!

              -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Sunday 25 October 2020

ODE TO ANAMBRA WAXBILL BIRD

Dun- coloured finch
Gray brownish
Red bill and rump
Variant of attractive colours
And willowy body of waves
Inconspicuously fascinating

'Tzzzt tzzzt' you call
High pitched; eerie
Twittering and buzzing
To the whizzing light of the sun

Tirelessly over sedges
You sidle to and fro
Standing boldly with tenanty
Unsliding on bending graintops

Queen of rivershores
Master of lagoon sandbanks
Glory of marshes and swamps
Grace of estuaries

Anambra waxbill bird
Proudly called Estrilda Poliopareia
Uniquely Nigerian; pale eyes
Owning to your south southedness 

I am tall and granulated too
Ready to fly in earnest
But humans are a gargoyle!

             
                     -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Sunday 25 October 2020

NOT AFRAID (for Lekki massacres)

Life passes hauntingly before me
Melting down in dawn's eyes
Of deserted flats of difficult stones
On twisted foreign roads


Innocent protesters' blood
Spilled across gates
Gates of greedy bigotry nibs 


In whose reckless contraption
You were undone and not afraid
Our tears of 60 years
Eloped and reached the brim
As the sad Owl
Watches with wide ambiguities!


                      -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Tuesday 20 October 2020

ENDING SARS

Many are the hazards of our voyage

Greater the perplexities of 

mute indifference

We are become a flippant

An invincible impression

A leaking frigate


So we rose to face this wind

With our last firebrand

While they yet laugh and lie

This storm surely must die!


       -poems of Collins Aiterebhe




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Collins Aiterebhe
Monday 19 October 2020

BEFORE THE HARD CLAPPING (For those that died of coronavirus)

Cleavages of the earth

Open to take my salty tears,

Far from within; 

And deep, in the shackles of hopelessness

My heart is bridled with pain

In the ravelling clutch of plague

I carry ocean my sweat 

Eyes of the unseen survey

Curse history incomplete without me

The virology of virulent waves

Laying man and mankind a waste

Before this great dread of mischief

I cry time to suffer cure

And bury this fit of fear

With unwholesome slur

Before the hard clapping

I plead the thunders of hallelujah

To rain mercy

And re-elude our joy!

 

           - Poems of Collins Aitetebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Sunday 18 October 2020

GIRLS HIGH IN DESIRES

If there are girls actually high in
desires
I met one sometime in the sun
Her nails were long
She stood six feet tall
To tempt night to fall

If there are girls actually high in
desires
She will stand the moon
Her eyes dim and blue
She is diva; viva forever
She crawls up like viper
To sting me thither

Girls high in desires
Are hollowing flowers
Some awk tulips
Creamy at the top
Hostile at the limbs

If there are girls actually high in
desires
They glow like stars
Given to shine
As beauty and desires
Are what the world is made

             
                        -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Wednesday 14 October 2020

ELERGY TO JOHN PEPPER CLARK

Night rain thundered endlessly
Out of the tower of faith
Beneath darkness and light
You dropped it on my lap
Your pen yet full with ink
And reluctantly, it fell to the ground

Ozidi saga the wild wind
Gathers cloud
To stand the wives' revolt
We left akimbo
And pleaded your star to stay
But in the early of the morning
Mbari the sun drifted west

The raft rift apart
The masquerade with long face
Danced the song of a goat
Streamside exchanged
And the priestess of Abiku
Sprang like a reed in the tide

It was all too late
The boat has set sail
And the other Clark 
While now standing in
Announced: Bekederemo of kiagbodo
With a decade of tongues
Has gone to see the casualties

Like Mandela 
Bright rainbows
Shall bestride your head
Like a fallen soldier
Tall angels shall relief you
At the gate of yellow reed
You have lived and died a man!

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Collins Aiterebhe
Sunday 11 October 2020

MY GIRL IS UPSTREET GIRL

My girl is upstreet girl
Everyday in the morning
She comes back drowsy
Her eyes heavy with sleep

My girl is upstreet girl
Her name: Lady Don't Dull
Stern and avaricious; ambitious
No time for shoddy deals

Heels turned her 6ft plus
Her shots devil-tailored
Shoved up her thighs
With lingeries of bright mascara
Slaying open her cleavage
In an unusual night work-dress

There along Sanusi Fafunwa
She peddles like a pendulum
Bubbling; popping like bubble gum
Her trade is dusk till dawn
Briddled with brisk determination
That sometimes take her up Allen Avenue

She is upstreet girl!
She is upstreet girl!

Possessed with fat pocket
Unlided by luxury
Obsessed in a man's wealth
Not the potency of his third leg

I contemplated her many times
But last December
She threw me in dilemma 
When she caught mama by the heart!

             -poems of Collins Aiterebhe


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Collins Aiterebhe
Tuesday 6 October 2020

CEASELESS FLOW

For I also stood dazed 

Each time I come upon your ceaseless flow

Rigmaroling to and fro

Jingling melodies of sweet per-thousand-nightingales

Nights of chanting impious souls

Defies the innocence of your transparency

Your well-won-war

Over grief, stake and strife

Vast vibrant virtues 

Spurring no enemity, nor pride; nor pain

How long must you be silent then

Impel; impel them to look, listen and learn

The menaces of their apathy

Their polluting fallacy

And from your colourless sleek of meekness

Do splash your undiluting splendour

Water you ever will be

Soak souls still

With the reminiscence 

Of your ceaseless flow!

 

          -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Tuesday 6 October 2020

LOVE ME LIKE A RIVER

I return you the protection of my most ungrudging love
I am a fair flower; a lake on a plain
Be careful how you drive me crazy
I am witless; a harmless fool
Mad in patches; full of lucid intervals

The sea roars; the horrid river flows
Yet my love is unflinching
It is the piercing point
That pours no rage
An archangel of negritude
I'm a ghetto exponent

Human's may lurk hate in love
But divine love that doesn't change
Is the very nature of my soul

So love me also like a boundless river
With the climax that deafens heroes
Let that love subdue me
Yes me, an obstinate creature
A polyphony of rarity
A tiny- little span

Let your love be my luckiest thing
On whose verge, my humanity shall die
Consumed in a broken monody
Of death's very content
With webbed tensions; no fear
My nights lean to you
Lackluster man's life 
Spent in a whirling pool of spite

So come away woman; hurry
We must catch up with tall angels
Angels with freezing ribs to attend us!

 

          -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Tuesday 6 October 2020

HAIL HER

Hail her

Ever priceless

Ever precious


Hail her

In whose prowess

We push to progress


Hail her 

In whose strenght

We made birth


Hail her

Who cuddles us

Like a purse


Hail her 

As ever as never

Forever and ever


Hail her

Mother

Great rover!


           -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Friday 2 October 2020

REUBEN UGOCHUKWU

I still remember you always 

They just don't go

Your lush hair

Combed in styling waves

Dark upon you

Like twigs of the jacarady

 

Fairest of all; yellow melanin

As such in those days

I no longer stroll the sea shore

To pick fish from weary fishermen

Battling with tawny nets

Bar Beach is now a distance

Far off Ahmadu Bello Way

And you must pay to see the waves

 

We will abandon chores at 4

And dash off to Sand Field

To play 'monkey post'

With the lads from Apese

You were a game delight

With devoirs as you tuss the ball

Our team scammpered

The moment you demise

 

I never visited VISS again

Since I left her once for good

But I hear she is doing fine

And our friends at school

Have turned men with might

 

You will be throwing broken javelin

To hull down stubborn almond fruits

As we stroll home on school ways

About peers, we were a pair

Loafty childhood days

 

But We shall meet again

Reuben Ugochukwu Peter

We shall meet

At the large gathering of stars

The rainbow shall bestride us

Until then, GOODNIGHT!

 

          -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Thursday 1 October 2020

NIGHTMARE

Stranger than the night that beclouds me

The thin weary lines of gall

Hung injustice heavy

With scary spikes of dark blood

Splashed over-walls of care-taker men

My goose-pimples stood akin

To render my courage half-dead 

I saw flashes of the daylight

And I was awake!

            -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Monday 14 September 2020

GOING HOME

Hard clap of lightenings

Lay icy hands on barren spots

 

Victim narrative

My soul gleams

 

My heart swims back 

In basking prologue of soul brothers

Found and left abroad

 

And dreams in travelling craft

 

Once at home

I shall be inputed with deaths

 

I died once before; we die always

I have died a-million time

 

My nameless sin sings

And has faded at the betrayed cross

 

Heaven was here before

Africa was once a beauty!

 

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Collins Aiterebhe
Sunday 13 September 2020

HOW LONG

How long the epilogue

Understands the prologue

I dreamt life to be

The night has heart

Which men must eat

But our final estranglement

Prepared in secrecy

Will lead us through

This unending fire-bolt

And mortal music

 

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Collins Aiterebhe
Sunday 13 September 2020

THIS HOUSE IS BREAKING

Viled Artemis

Squeak wrinkles

Intersperse the wall

Like stripes of mancho vein

 

Feasting termites

Soft piercing plumpy bugs

Insatiable like raven

Eager for more crumbs

 

Sleak paraboic

Spreading gust

Like wide fires of Australia

Drowsily; rousy with dust

 

This house is breaking

Its foundation is shaky even

All-a-quiver; settlers and denizen

Hope is anemic; cadaverous 

 

This house is breaking

Breaking loose with contagion

Its fences have fallen over

Over on other rooftops and beyond

 

        -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Sunday 13 September 2020

NOT BY CHANCE

Bright flashes - meteors

Solar wind of flares

Barrage debris of boulders

Dangerous than billions of 

hydrogen bombs

Cosmic radiation of the sun

A visible aurora

The astronomy of physics

Of relentless gale-force

of meteoriods

In this galactics of shooting gallery

A big blue ball is swimming

With relative impunity

Stretching to space an amazing armour

Of tinted atmosphere of ozones

And spinning gut of molten iron

A prime real estate, a perfect powerhouse

A strong appearance of design;

Cleverly engineered

Beyond remarkably steep angles

To defeat transcripted biomimetics 

And rubbish the human mimicry

That earth was just by chance!

 

                -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Sunday 13 September 2020

IFEOMA

Let fire flies fall

Let the mountains crack

My love shall still remain

 

Bury your gray eyes in my dark

Hug me into your frankincense 

From Cote d'Azur to Brittany 

 

We shall sit above the blue sky

And oversee the blue sea

Of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

 

The white dove flourishes it tail

We shall walk Eiffel Tower in fist-lock

And down even to Arc de Triomphe 

 

Our differences died 

To the mirrored ignorance

Of amazed white faces

 

I vowed to love you forever

To the heavenlies

And nevertheless 

 

      -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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Collins Aiterebhe
Saturday 12 September 2020

MARRIAGE OF THE SOUTH

One Fr John Bull

Of the Elizabethan faith

Took Tolu and Uloma

Blind underage virgins

Veilless brides

 

Bako led emissaries

Wide and tall

 

Love danced at a million mile

To the dead lullaby

Of stuttering rifle shots

Rites were paid with haste

And the South was given away!

 

       -poems of Collins Aiterebhe

 



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Collins Aiterebhe
Saturday 12 September 2020

I DIED YESTERDAY

I died yesterday

The rosy sky was blue

Yet no path helds sway

Hope dangled with no clue

 

I died yesterday

Under the weight of humiliation

Following your arrival in May

The birth of recession

 

I died yesterday

Before your very eyes

Ranchers made slay

And you say all are but lies

 

I died yesterday

Yes I died, to deluding promises

Buried to decay

With empty eulogies

 

I died to give change a new name

The very holiness you portray

A lopsided nepotic charade you became

Integrity I never knew could betray

 

I died, I died

Yet you appointed me a deadman

Charred and dried

Indeed, you need a scan

 

I died yesterday

I died for sinners outside your clique

Hunted in utter dismay

In your reawakened rise to the peak

 

I died in the open monastery

The zenith of religious intolerance

The height of unguided mystery 

Egregiously watching us in glance!

 

          -poems of Collins Aiterebhe



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