Wen laif taya we, no be to die rimen?
Yestaday Layefa disapiye. Na for Otokutu Bridge we for see am.
Dem remof e bress, remof e eye, remof e tong; kill am sara.
Pipo dey die dey forget, for where we dey. Boys dey para; dem no send.
Dead bodi no dey do aproko. Bodi wey tu hot na cool wota e dey baff.
Na so she take go but story no dey get ending.
Who die don go; na who live get problem. Mama Layefa, where your pikin?
Polis wey dey road dey shine torsh for driva eye, wetin una see?
Agbero wey dey smoke igbo for jonshon, wetin una hear?
Crase man wey niked unda brij, wetin you do?
Layefa don come, she don go. Somebodi dey dans for him palor;
Time dey cant for him matter, e never know.



When we are tired of life, isn’t dying what is left?
Yesterday Layefa disappeared. It was at Otokutu Bridge we saw her.
They removed her breast, removed her eyes, removed her tongue; killed her like that.
People are dying so fast around us. Boys are angry; they don’t care.
Dead body tells no tales. A body that is too hot bathes with cold water.
That is how she died but the story has no ending.
Who is dead is gone; it is the living that has problems. Mama Layefa, where is your child?
Police on the road, shining torchlight into drivers’ eyes, what did you see?
Street boys smoking weed at the junction, what did you hear?
Mad man standing naked under the bridge, what did you do?
Layefa has come, she has gone. Somebody is dancing in his parlour;
Time is ticking for him, He does not know.


Oka Benard Osahon is creative writer, poet and fantasy novel addict from Benin, Edo State, Nigeria. He attained his B.A in English and Literary Studies at Delta State University, Abraka. His poetry can be found on Brittle Paper, Kalahari Review, Praxis Magazine Online, Spillwords and Visual Verse. He was one of the winners of the Praxis Magazine Online 2016 Anthology Contest as well as the winner of the June 2017 Edition of the Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest. He lives and works in Abuja where he writes in Warri Pidgin and English at night after work. He can be reached at Twitter: @serveaze

Editor’s Note: Praxis Magazine Online would like to congratulate frequent-contributor Oka Benard Osahon on recently having a poem selected for a feature at The Friday Influence, a weekly poetry blog from poet, editor, and educator José Angel Araguz.

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