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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Richards Tanimonure
Monday 30 October 2023


the day prepares

to wear its dark dress;

lobe twins twitch and switch 

to shivering still guards;

a shrill of a shriek 

to a weeping skin

running the dreadful river

of a coming satan. 

lord have mercy!

it is a battle night. 

o lord, please have mercy!

eyes have no runway of sleep

to taxi forward swift

to the sweet skies of dreams. 

o lord have mercy! 

winged needles silent  descend - 

tiny terrors in thousands from hell.

solo flutes flutter, pain playing 

a cringe, a scream of "help!"

an adamant hard attack

no weapon can strongly quell.

not even the poisonous hiss

that angrily stands and faces

with an all-round trigger of mist;

they run; they dodge; they watch;

they come; they launch; jabs; hot!

it is a serious battle night. 

it is an unhappy dark time. 

the bed with the weary tosses;

the body with the fighting muscles;

the skin weeping and yelling;

o lord, please kindly have mercy! 

who has not the tell

of these demons so cruel?

a feast of blood always;

a feast of blood all days;

a hardened heart of hate;

why did God them create?


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