Leaders of Tomorrow Sleeping in Sorrow

I see them everywhere,

supposed leaders of tomorrow

sinking deeply in seas of sorrow.

I see them everywhere

on social media, writing bunkum

and in chaotic clubs raking in rum.

I see them everywhere

making music with ludicrous lyrics,

and thrilled by some thorny theatrics.

I see them everywhere,

on the sea, sailing subtly to slavery,

basking in the billows of bravery.

I see them everywhere,

on the streets striving to survive,

thrusting thistles just to thrive…

I see them everywhere,

in betting shops and lottery points,

wining and dying in sensual joints…

I see them everywhere,

on highway snuggling the sun,

making a risky living on the run…

I see them everywhere,

hired as  protesters by politicians

and fooled by mediocre magicians.

I see them everywhere,

fronting for footballers in Europe

while their hope hangs on a rope.

I see them everywhere,

the very few in this messed age

who knows there’s a war to wage.

I see them everywhere,

waging war against mediocrity,

striving for success with alacrity.

I see them everywhere,

shunning the shadow of shame

forsaking the field of frail fame.

I see them everywhere,

wielding true wealth and wisdom

to fuel future fortune and freedom.

I see them everywhere,

standing for truth and justice,

they shun pride and prejudice…

I see them everywhere,

in schools, camps and colleges,

gaining skills and getting knowledge.

I see them everywhere,

sowing seeds in the field of freedom,

creating keys to their own kingdom.

I see them everywhere,

not deterred by flashes of distraction,

a bright future is their side attraction.

Copyright 2018 Adeleke Adeite

Heart’s Not Hot

My heart is not fireproof,

it is not impervious to 

the ignition of deep desires.

My heart is not shatterproof,

it gets swiftly splintered by 

tales of tears and terror.

My heart is not bulletproof,

I feel the clouts and cocoon

of hatred and harmony.

My heart is not foolproof,

it has been defrauded by 

losers, yet it wins each war…

My heart is not waterproof,

It has been drenched by the

teardrops of joys and sorrows…

My heart is not soundproof,

I hear the tantrums of fears

and whispers of wisdom.

My heart is not bombproof,

It has been blown away by

rockets of radical reality…

Welcome to my heart.

Copyright 2018, Adeleke Adeite

Within Without

True love can be shown without words.

Tough wars can be won without swords.

Lives can be touched without fingers.

Hope can be kindled by total strangers.

Truth can be told without harshness,

Peace can be pursued without rashness.

Words can be written without letters

Floors can get dirty without litters.

Races can be won without swiftness,

Puzzles can be solved without smartness.

Goals can be achieved without a team.

Voices can be heard without a scream.

Life can be terminated without death.

Life can be revived without breath.

Teardrops can flow without sorrows,

Souls can be stricken without arrows.

Confession can be made without duress.

Nakedness can be covered without dress.

Attention can be gotten without seduction.

Work can be done without instruction.

Men can bleed without flow of blood.

Earth can be eroded without flood.

-Adeleke Adeite

Complete Love

Those who love completely

cannot leave us completely…

When all is said and done

and it seems they are gone

We see them in silent stars,

and in our screaming scars.

We feel their warm embrace

in pure and pleasant places.

We hear their blissful echoes

even in boisterous billows.

They are far away but ever near

Their shadows shield our fear.

-Adeleke Adeite

Stop Carrying Mountains

Men who carry their mountains,

find it hard to forge ahead.

Men who climb their mountains

clearly see what lies ahead.

Stop fueling your fondest fears,

take one day at a time.

Men who tend their tough tears,

often commit common crimes.

Life is not and will not be fair,

embrace both pains and gains.

As eagles soar in pathless air,

explore life’s unknown terrains.

Pray, when the going gets tough,

panic is the magnet of defeat.

Brace up when the road is rough

and strive to stay on your feet.

War is an inevitable part of life;

victory is not given, earn it.

Our soul can sail through strife…

if we learn never to quit.

– Adeleke Adeite

It is Hard and Easy

It is hard to forget three people:

Those who led us into trouble,

those who left us in times of trouble

and those who lifted us out of trouble.
It is easy to forget three people:

Those who took more and gave less,

those who talked more and did less

and those who lied more and loved less…
It is hard to forgive three people:

Constant and unremorseful offenders,

grievous and perfect pretenders,

bitter and backstabbing defenders…
It is easy to forgive three people:

Penitent offenders with sweet souls,

pretenders who have positive goals,

and friendly foes who correct their fouls.
It is hard to find three people:

Men who are helpful and honourable,

women who are decent and delectable

and youths who are honest and humble.
It is easy to find three people:

Politicians who are dubious and dishonest,

yung folks who are impatient and immodest

and religious folks who fuel civil unrest.
It is hard to leave three people:

Those who treats us like champions,

those who lovingly give honest opinions

and those who are caring companions.
It is hard to love three people:

Those who constantly brew bitterness,
those who don’t support other people’s success

and those who sow seeds of sadness…

-Adeleke Adeite

NB: This piece comprises both sarcasm and salient facts. Readers’ discretion is advised.

Hope of Humanity

We teach our growing girls 

to dress and act modestly

but fail to train our boys 

to act and relate responsibly

We are quick to tell young women

to be humble and respectful

but fail to charge grown men

to be honourable and faithful.

This is the reality of our society:

there are many bleeding wives

because some men are nothing

but a bunch of knotty knives.

What makes a man is more than 

his muscle, money and mansions.

What makes a women is more than

her face, fashion and fine features.

Far beyond the reach of our eyes,

only within the reach of the wise

lies the true beauty of morality

and the obscure hope of humanity.

-Adeleke Adeite

Nifty Nuggets

Do not lose your innocence

in your quest for independence.

In life matters, sit not on the fence

to avoid a fatal consequence…

To have a meaningless presence

is to make a meaningful absence.

It takes more than intelligence

to have positive influence.

It is easy to conceal an evidence

but hard to kill a guilty conscience.

It takes character and competence

to have complete confidence.

Self development and diligence

bring expertise and excellence.

Overlooking moral decadence

gives birth to timely turbulence.

The divine sacrifice for offense

is sincere and pure penitence.

When our virtue loses its cadence,

our core creed loses its credence.

When good souls swim in silence,

gruesome men preens in violence.