A Poem by Kay Salisu Titilola


Many trees are dying.
All flowers are withering.
What was once green
is now turning brown.

The fruits are rotting
The seeds are crumbling
What was once sweet
is now turning tart.

No more butterflies.
Where are the fireflies?
What was once keen
is now turning stark.

Left alone with remiss,
laziness and lathegy.
A little show of aegis.
would have kept
the garden green.

© 2020 Kay Salisu Titilola

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Kay Salisu Titilola
I'll be back here soon.
Just feel like sharing this.
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Yes. The disenchantment in your poem reached my heart. We have failed this beautiful planet. And we are failing ourselves everyday.

"A little show of aegis.
would have kept
the garden green."

Thank you for sharing.

Posted 3 Months Ago

We live in a world wherein change is the goal, well we humans tend to improvise and sometimes, that improvisation just leads to turning the world darker. I guess negligence really is the right word.

Posted 4 Months Ago

This is very strong imagery. Just like a garden, human relationships require tending.

Posted 4 Months Ago

I love this one, Kay.
I have a tendency to associate almost everything with the pandemic...
A little show of caring could have saved the garden, saved the green, but the lax attitude and everything is turning brown...and we are also left "Alone" because of remiss.

Posted 4 Months Ago

Not sure if this is an indictment of a particular individual or of society in the poet's country. What is described is a general decline of nature, but the size of the area is not mentioned. Human beings everywhere can upset the balance of nature by doing too much, or, as here, doing too little.

Posted 4 Months Ago

Nicely penned and very topical Kay. We need to invest much better in our environment before we completely destroy it. At the moment I wonder whether we have left it too late, but each one of us can do something which will make a difference.


Posted 4 Months Ago

A powerful poem shared my friend. When we don't care for the garden. It will falter and die. Thank you Kay for sharing the outstanding poetry.

Posted 4 Months Ago

Very apt and enjoyable flowing rhyming piece here Kay

Posted 4 Months Ago

Aegis is a new word for me, had to google it, & it's perfectly applied here. I recently read that there were 60 million buffalo in the middle of the USA before white man came & in 50 years we chopped that number down to less than 1000! Now it's back up to about 1.5 million, with decades of efforts, many done by volunteers. For a couple years here, there were no bees in my garden. This past summer, the bees returned. There's hope & that's what I like about your poem, but we need to stop pillaging all the natural resources of earth as if only humans matter (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

PS -- I forgot to mention . . . love how your ending feels like a scold, like the narrator is disgusted but trying not to go off on a lecture.

Posted 4 Months Ago

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9 Reviews
Added on November 28, 2020
Last Updated on November 28, 2020
Tags: Life, challenge, step, experience.


Kay Salisu Titilola
Kay Salisu Titilola

Ijebu ode, Ijebu ode, Nigeria

Just trying to reveal to the world about my point of view about life. What I think life is and How I think we can overcome. Through my experience and challenges in life, I've been able to figure ou.. more..


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