Poetry: Needle in the Eye of Muse by Abdulmueed Balogun

The urge to write grips
my mind like an araldite,

to write about the anguish inflicted
by the claws of a country that wants

your name festooning obituary posters,
that wants to bereave your canary of songs.

the sight of these on memory’s board
is a needle in the eye of muse.

The smell of these in the kitchen of
thought, ferries muse miles away

from the skull of a patriotic poet,
who knows tomorrow, his poems
might be turned to black mambas

striking him hard, like hammers on rods
in a land, where thrones are preserved for tyrants.

Abdulmueed Balogun is a Nigerian Poet and an undergraduate at the University of Ibadan. He is a 2021 HUES Foundation Scholar, a Poetry Editor at The Global Youth Review, and was the runner up in the REFORM NAIJA writing contest- “FREEWILL” in November, 2020. His poems have been published / are forthcoming in: Avalon Literary Review, Ligeia Magazine, Poesis Literary Journal, The Remnant Archive, Fevers of Mind (Poets of 2020), Subnivean Magazine, and elsewhere. He tweets from: AbdmueedA

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