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Poem of the Week: Smoke in My Eyes

By Nehi Igbinijesu

Readily I cry sore
Staring with pepper
Perturbing both eyes
In tears of blood streaming
Snaking down amidst many lies

Hands gently smooching
My uneasy head compelling
To end the brittle knottings
Of dried palm leaves here and there

Bitten once
And twice I cried
By a bug called love
Of country, kith and clime
Reduced still to dirges
Reminiscing when I tried
Afforded by an hour
So tender yet so cruel

The firewood united burn
In clasps of harmony
With warmth and fill
Of supper on a cold tonight
Yet the smoke had left me crying!


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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