Inspired by my trip to the soul of West Africa; the beautiful yet heart wrenching and mind blowing city of Lagos, where my beloved Nigerians greet each other by asking “How far?”
How far have you gone chasing the sun that burns within your mind?
Chasing the ocean that you believe would cleanse your soul?
How far have you gone in a path you’ve imagined into life?
How far is he from your thirsty heart?!
Instead of saying
“How are you?”
He says in his local dialect
I softly reply in words he taught me,
“I dey oh”
While my mind wanders through
All I’ve seen, heard and felt in my journey in a land
That greets you asking
“How far have you gone since?”
If I am to answer the question truthfully,
I’d say in honest words,
He is not yet
Willing to hear…
I’ve only dug myself deeper into your grounds,
Implanted myself in the core of your existence
As far as the roots of my soul can go
Feeding on your inhaling
Living on your exhaling
I can only be
If you my darling,
That’s how far.
Only as far as a human heart can travel,
In search of a constant
In search of a home
As far as the hopeful can follow the light
Even when they’re not sure
If it’s growing brighter as they go,
Or if it’s fading out.
I’ve gone a far as your ancestors sacrificed,
For your culture and history to survive,
I’ve sacrificed as much,
For your legacy.
As far as the worn out feet ,
Of your blessed grandmother,
have walked in life
As far as the genuine words of her prayers have gone in the sky
Reaching out to the stars
Calling out to your ancestors,
Asking to shower me with blessings.
As far as the warmth of her embrace,
As far as the age of the language
She had spoken to me with, lovingly.
As far as the jungles would go
Hiding your green with its green
Blowing your mind with its inner peace
As far as the ocean would take me
In between the waves
Like a little mermaid
I’d write the poems
And sing the songs
“No ordinary love”
Hoping this poem
Will find its way to you
Hoping this song,
Will bring your heart to me
As far as hope can fly
As far as love can survive
As far as you need me to go,