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Poem of the Week: Blown Out

Nehi Igbinijesu

The dawning of stellar day
Lurid and long awaited
Like lyrics from another plain
Prior warnings that gladden
A soul heeding the elder’s pall

Reveries romantic
That only old age brings
Lessons of life and wounds
That time can singly heal

And so shortened
With self-fun and joy
Such time to muse
At life’s grand hog plot

Should I have loved more
And done this or that
Believed him or her
Timeless true thoughts
Denied, defied, un-lied
Seethed in contentment
That I learned life live
I often knew no better
Than all I did achieve

In strides of listless candle lights
Grappling with gentle breeze
So is the path of everyman
Brightly burnt and blown out in the wind


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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