Simple

For Niyi Osundare

I want to write
poems to strong
carpenters will marvel
at the joinery.

I want to write
poems so tender
young girls sing them
sweetly to their pillows.

I want to write
poems so fierce
they are carved
on barrack walls.

I want to write
poems so lilting
birds fall silent
at their recitation.

I want to write
poems so dangerous
no one dare speak them
in earshot of the police

I want to write
poems so fragrant
promenading women
wear them in their hair.

I want to write
poems so comfortable
husbands read them aloud
to their spouse’s pillow

I want to write
poems so powerful
precipitous rocks
tumble from mountains.

I want to write
poems so musical
whales fall silent
in amazement

I want to write
poems so sad
oboists weep
to have no part .

I want to write
poems so joyful
choir robes sway
in Alleluia.

I want to write
poems so democratic
candidates demand
a write-in ballot.

I want to write
poems so sweet
you must have
a tall glass of milk.

I want to write
poems so precise
mathematicians
drop their chalk.

I want to write
poems so wild
they must exhibit
in iron cages.

I want to write
poems so riotous
thousands march
on their libraries.

I want to write
poems so loyal
friend fold them
into their wallets

I want to write
poems so fluid
they run inexorably
toward the sea.

I want to write
poems so solid
they frighten
the skyline.

I want to write
poems so infectious
they are pandemic
as wildflowers.

I want to write
poems so simple
newspaper editors
demand columns

I want to write
poems so simple
they are spoken
over jump ropes

I want to write
poems so simple
barbers hum them
to their razors

I want to write
poems so simple
all of humanity
takes up their pens