Posted by: Ron DuBour | July 7, 2017

figures of speech~by Ayoola Goodness Olanrewaju


 

 

figures of speech

ask the ask from aduke
she will tell the tell…

how i empty mighty oceans with a kiss of metonymy
when i sit at the shores of hyperboles
how i hunt the meat of poesy in the wilderness of metaphors
tame in twinkling seconds, the ghouls of personification
and tether them on the ten suns on my fingers..

ask the ask from aduke
she will tell the tell…

how i sail the stormy sinking seas of alliterations
in the canoe that knows the new names for new assonance
how i slice the placenta of ironies on the slabs of euphemisms
and dance to the beats of parody in the skins of sweet satires…

ask the ask from aduke
she will tell the tell…

how i play brisk rhythms from the souls of silent drums
over the moody chimes of enjambment
and the chorused refrains from the thousand lips of synecdoche
how i killed the rhythms of rhymes
in the battle fought by the weakness of fluted litotes…

ask the ask from aduke
she will tell the tell…

how i fight through the valleys of verses
and dwarf the giants of stanzas
how i save the hostages of paradoxes
locked into beliefs and the blank verses of nonsense
and show them the paths of freedom in free verses…

ask the ask from aduke
she will tell the tell…

how i shoot in the confidence of an archer
the arrows of silence to fashioned fires of onomatopoeias
how i dance on the street of anti-climax
and climax on the edge of lyrics…

ask the ask from aduke
she will tell the tell…

how i pray on the prey of punned puns
and sing ballads in the abode of odes
how i string sonnets into epics, wings into wings
and watch their fights in the arena of dirges…

ask the ask from aduke
she will tell the tell…

how i have soaked my name into the dyes of antonomasia
how i have journeyed miles on the hems of elders
how i have scurried into the soul of poesy
and found lines spontaneous yet tranquil…

ask the ask from aduke
she will tell the tell…

how the how is the how that is how
how i have become a figure of speech…

ask the ask from aduke
she will tell the tell.

Ayoola Goodness

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