I will take this treasure, these memories;
the endless chatter on the raffia mat,
the sunset rendezvous
with the sun taking into the sea
the burden in our heart,
the long walks stretching into oblivion
the whispers and the tears,
the laughter, ringing like bells.
I will take in these memories
into the secured memory bank of my being,
far from war and gunshots,
out of the animen of this Neverland’s reach,
who even with their cow-horn and cutlasses
cannot carve out these memories from my bossom
I will lock them where rust cannot corrupt them,
until I die and take them up
to the treasure houses of heaven.
Tayo Oladipo (Real name, Olutayo Oladipo Andrew) is an undergraduate in the department of English Studies, Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo state. He flirts with poetry and fiction and enjoys being single. He loves food, books, riverine witches and prayer warriors.