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Bonding: A Poem by Isidore Emeka Uzoatu


(To Ibadan)

Dugbe the market
Articulate your quantitatives

Clark’s five-line poem
Chart your perspectives

The Wild West syndrome
Colour your invectives

A garrison-style democracy
Resonate your pejoratives

Stadia Liberty and Adamasingba
Resound your expletives

The cocoa house
Denote your prerogatives

A chain of ring roads
Accentuate your decoratives

Town-centre gridlocks
Underscore your derivatives

The wetie inferno
Streamline your purgatives

A foremost citadel of learning
Underscore your qualitatives

Its teaching hospital
Apprising your curatives

An unmarked grave
Apotheosize your imperatives

A recidivist pilgrimage
Behold your putatives…

– (c) Isidore Emeka Uzoatu

Isidore Emeka Uzoatu
Isidore Emeka Uzoatu
Isidore Emeka Uzoatu majored in the history of African Christianity at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Converted to creative writing by his elder brother, he abandoned his doctorate for stints on the staff of Crown Prince, Nigeria's pioneer male magazine, and Mister, its follow-up, in Lagos. He edited the latter before retiring to full time writing and a daytime job managing a trading company in Onitsha. Vision Impossible, his first novel, took twenty years to complete. He is married with children.


  1. The choice of words came between me and the poem, and I could not break through your wall. Perhaps, it’s one of your poetic experimentations. I will read your other entries

    • Sorry I saw this late. Each couplet in the poem is about a landmark about Ibadan viz.: Dugbe market, J P Clark’s poem, politics, stadia, cocoa house, etc.

      The last two concern my daughter who died at UCH and lies in an unmarked grave in the town. I believe it makes me a putative citizen of the town.

      Hope it helps you appreciate it some.

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