#52. As I am, now

Don’t ask me to explain myself

What I want or what I don’t

Don’t ask me to explain myself

Who I love or who I don’t.

Because I’d have changed before

you completed your question.

My mind is again reborn

before my answer is formed.

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#15. The Devil Came to Church Today!

The Devil came to church today

And he had a lot of sweet things to say

We jumped for joy seeing him standing ahead

Tall, dark and handsome in the fiery pulpit


With an arrogant knowing tilt to his head

He invoked upon us his sordid glory from hell’s pit

When the choir sang, he clapped his hands

And danced in ecstasy to the roaring bands

The congregation looked to him for salvation

And he preached his sublime message of damnation


He came prepared for a feast of our souls

And drenched us with unholy water from our heads to our soles

We were entranced by his seductive presence

And lifted our hands up to him to be filled with his essence

When we stood, he sat and when we sat, he stood

He’d come to freely give us our souls’ filling food.


He mesmerized us all

Children, women and men

And lured us in to take the final fall

And we all shouted loud choruses of ‘Amen’!


He beckoned to us to take that last step closer

And promised that all our sufferings would soon be over

He would fill up our empty purses

With blessings we now know to be curses

Again and again, he smirked in victory

Revelling in our self inflicted misery


And just as we were about to bow our heads in surrender

That soft soothing voice of the redeemer

Whispered long-forgotten psalms of the Father’s grace

Reminding us all of the eternal race

We were washed anew, free from shame

And sang in glory praising the name above all names

He came to Church this Sunday with his spirit high

But we stood firm and send him away with a resounding ‘Bye-Bye.’


Indeed we laughed out in scorn at lying Lucifer

And took back our salvation and our glorious crown

And we all wept with joy and sang out ‘Alleluia’!

Yes, the devil came to our little church, at the very outskirts of town

He came expecting victory but we stood and fought and robbed him of his ‘crown’!

© Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido (All rights reserved).

#14. Floetry by JulietKego: MY FIVE FINGERS.


My childrenMy work is done here
I am free and I know no fear
I am alive and I dance in ecstasy
To the music of heaven’s choir
I leave my right hand behind
With five beautiful fingers from the King
Four gleaming swords and a sharp shapely arrow
They stand strong, tall and proud
Solid proof that I was once here.

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#10. Seven Moons After….

7 moons after

We retrace the path we’d traveled together

To past seasons of falling leaves and cloudy skies

Of new beginnings and nervous laughter

With strangers we’d never met

Now friends we may never forget

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#8. Ogbanje Chelu!

Nwam, chelu! Chelu!

Child of my womb, wait! wait!

Do not be in such haste

As you find your path to the other world again.

Sit here, on my laps, beside your father’s fireplace.

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#5. A Journey into madness.

This descent to the abyss
Is not at all an unwelcome state
For my senses have never known peace such as this.

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#4. The Widower.

An ordinary full moon
Not a whisper of warning
No signs to alert me
Night came in stealth, so suddenly
As I lay here, deep in sleep
Beside the keeper of my heart
And in her womb nestled my unborn seed.

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#3. Daughter of Eve.

He first saw her under a silvery moon
And stood transfixed watching from afar
He’d mustered enough courage to call upon her
But only by the next noon

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