We rode tires tirelessly
And built sand houses.
We’d often cry over spilled pap profusely
With mini pot-belly, leaving it to dry around our noses.
‘Hide and seek’ was the favourite play
Often observed after our garri supper
‘Police and thief’ was our favourite job to lay
‘nd talking things alien ‘o morals were the rudder.
I remember. Alphabeta kids enjoyed paper-made footballs
Under the illumination of moonli’ht at dusk;
For they will enjoy it till night falls.
‘Ojuju’ was what mom scar’d us with, like a mask.
We’d prefer two five naira to one hundred naira note –
Thinking it is quantity not quality
And we’d proudly say like a vote;
“See… I have two money.” Ignomity!
We tore our books to make paper boats
We never paddled nor sailed
Paper boats that floats
Today and sinks tomor’o’. Wasted!
Childhood days, O Childhood days!
We bathed in ignorance and supped with eerie plays!