Richards Tanimonure

Biography: Tanimonure Richards Adewale is a poet from Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, the homeland of the great poet, Wole Soyinka. He is a two times top 20 finalist of the BPPC Poetry contest in the year 2022. He has been published in anthologies such as Healing Hands, Beauty Of Failures, A Country Of Broken Boys and many more. He is a Teacher and Home Parent at Thames Valley College, Likosi-Sagamu, Ogun State. He can be reached on 234 913 080 5564 or

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Monday 23 October 2023


within these bricks

a child sits a journey

to be a stunning star

of a foetus of dreams. 

(s)he comes inside

a bright sun of a feet

to tour and traverse

with frisky fun high beats. 

he comes with pains

sweet as an agony. 

he comes with aches

tasty of maladies. 

she comes a god

of a thick money tongue. 

she calls the shots -

all are right, all are wrong. 

the walls's a battle

of the marker and pen

where one's a hit,

the other, crying red. 

and silence sits

an agama of a head

to the laughing sorrow,

to the sorrowful yes. 

and silence sits

a very strong dumb bomb

counting its time

a tortoise of its tocks. 

what shall we say?

what deep ink will we spill?

we must be silence

loud of a screaming seeing. 

we just and must

cry a very deaf mouth,

"mene mene

tekel urphasin" loud. 

a child, the walls

of proverbs twenty three

to build of him

a star with rot-less twinks. 

a child, the walls

of proverbs twenty three,

to groom of her

a dream without life stinks. 


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