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Poem of the Week: Lessons from Ivanhoe

Nehi Igbinijesu


Stars, whistles, bottles, thistles
Who the future light will tell
Furores, discos, livid occidentals
Tomorrow pray we turnout well
Prime free lendings
Of dirty funny money
The demure everlasting
Withering furtive fishes
Causing sneezes and colds
From Cathay to Santiago
Reeling films of pain
O’ Democratic Congo
And money grubbing jeers
Of political benefactors
The tacit turgid tears
O’ blackened coastlines
Daring dodgy, depleting dollars
Yet techies left no buffer
Dreams deemed – dismissed
United in dim-witted denials
Entranced and drawn pit-ward
One no-more-oil day
Or no-more-dollar pay

Arise o Niger
Learn lessons from Ivanhoe
The fury comes allay
Sweet supple breasted mother
Defy the tete-a-tete
Should savannahs have to suffer
Umpteen fiscal cliff delays.


This Poem is part of the anthology of 30 Poems titled: “Dirges of The Niger” By Nehi Igbinijesu.


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Nehikhare Omotayo Igbinijesu is an Economist, Poet, and Social Entrepreneur. 'He is the author of The Code: A Simple Story About Raising Great Women' and 'Marriage: 12 Questions You Need To Ask Before You Say, “I Do”'. He lives in Lagos with his wife, Akudo and two sons. He is Co-founder of, a motivational resources company based in Lagos. You can email him via nehijesu [at]

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