RUIN, IN THE VARSITY

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RUIN, IN THE VARSITY

A bittter wonder has seized the mind
of my dear school
and the breeze here blows
with cold murmurs of confusion:

Who annoyed the rain?
Who angered the storm?
Could it be because the clouds
have kept the rain captive for too long?

Èmọ̀ rèé o! Kàyéfì ńlá leléyìí!
Bí’gi ṣé ń wó lu’gi, n’ilé ń ṣí fìlà,
tí mọ́tò náà sì ń farapa!

The showers from the sky
came as a mad giant
disguised as tiny chains of water
dropping down from a broken bar of clouds.

Our varsity has become
a vast city of ruins
and the poet’s thoughts crash and clash
like the collision of a hundred tankers
skidding down a slippery bridge.

Our trees have grown old.
They have paid homage
to the rampaging swirl of the rainstorm.
Their roots have seen the face of the soil
and they no longer raise their hands
towards the betraying sky.

Everywhere is fear.
Trenchard Hall grows clattering teeth,
for its iron cap is cut in part.
Queens Hall, Tedder Hall, Indy Hall,
Shiver as their nudity become
a feast for mobile cameras,
and even Jaja Clinic is left broken
as if hit by a brakeless juggernaut.

Everywhere
groans,
moans
and mourns.

Oh, I say
the poet’s thoughts crash and clash
like the collision of a hundred tankers
skidding down a slippery bridge.

Free my thoughts and chain my worries!
Let corrections invade this place.
Let corrections rush forth
like a swarm of bees.
Let sprinting solutions hijack
the craze in this nature’s race.

We want… peace… àláfíà… àláfíà…

GLOSSARY:
Èmọ̀ rèé o: This is a conundrum.
Kàyéfì ńlá leléyìí: This is quite baffling.
Bí’gi ṣé ń wó lu’gi, n’ilé ń ṣí fìlà: As trees fell on trees, even buildings lost their caps (roofs).
tí mọ́tò náà sì ń farapa: and vehicles also got injured (destroyed)
Àláfíà: peace

©YUA (Yusuff, Uthman Adekola)

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