Segilola’s Tale

 

 

Saucy as a shrew, naughty like that.

From catacombs to every crevice,

wares well sold. Segilola beautiful damsel.

Igba nla dogi, iyalaya any bagger*

I will walk my talk, my talk is my work.

 

 

Something supple, rolling like that.

A matching army, of it own accord

Controlled by no sergeant major; and

like a piped piper, puppets are drawn,

to nectar so sweet, yet so sour.

 

 

Segilola, scourge of many frowning wives

Envied object of many a putative damsel.

Loathe or love her, your senses ruled.

Pine or lust for her, your senses dulled.

What to do with this Segilola?

 

 

Segilolas aplenty at every ojude-Oba*

surplus at those privileged polo games.

Massed at the Argungu fishing fiesta*

Well dotted at each Ofala celebration*

Every where you turn, there’s a Segilola.

 

 

Glossary.

 

*Igba nla dogi, iyalaya any bagger – Expletive indicate of ‘who cares’

*ojude-Oba – age grade festival in Ijebu land.

*Argungu fishing fiesta – a fishing gala in Sokoto

*Ofala celebration – rites of renewal for a King in some parts of Eastern Nigeria

 

© 7th November 2016. Adewale Adeniji.

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