SENTINEL POETRY (ONLINE) #15     FEBRUARY 2004

TOLULOPE OGUNLESI


LORENZO AND MARIA

Love, Lagos and Havana were the three ends
Of the rope that bound Lorenzo and Maria.
                    Of course
They weren't always Lorenzo and Maria
Maybe Lamidi and Mojisola, growing somewhere
In Isale Eko, thinking of whom to fall in love with
And when, and how many seeds to spawn.

Then War rose
Waves of war, stout as wailing walls
Sweeping the conquered across the Great Sea
That entombed tall tales of adventurous pilgrims.
So they went, as we go.

But mercy shined and loosed their bonds
Instead of an eternal flaming iron brand
Or a second-skin slithering steel necklace
They got a milder label: Emancipado.

So the story goes. But chains still had their part
In the Plot. Cupid comes-a-calling, hawking
Nooses - the kind a Texas cowboy will love
They haggle and fall for the deal.

Then the denouement. Home calls, first
In tiny whispers, then in that din so peculiar
To Lagos. Bags and memories are packed
Names too, and offspring, for they were
Not ashamed to count themselves strangers
In the land, seeking a true homeland.

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Editorial Note

The Sentinel Valentine
Month Special

Poems

LOLA SHONEYIN
(Guest)
Like A Split Reed At Waterfront
Music-making
Trysexual
You Shall Love Again

JOSEF LESSER
Fragments Of a Letter Washed Ashore

EYITEMI EGWUENU
Chronicles III

NGOZI OBASI AWA
The Bee Hums Again

BARBARA REIHER-MEYERS
Valentine's Day At
The Laundromat

KODI AZUONYE
Entreaty

DURLABH SINGH
Sleep

DIKE OKORO
Cape Town

NGOZI UNIGWE
Beauty Is You

TOLULOPE OGUNLESI
Lorenzo and Maria

NNAMDI NDU
Substance Of My Dream
Whom Shall I Tell?
Remembering Old Times

Interview
NNOROM AZUONYE
My E-Conversation with
LOLA SHONEYIN

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