(to lovers of Freedom Park, Lagos)
You will love to be an inmate,
Mating with nature,
With gory details made glorious.
You will love to hear history,
Seeing gallows turns theatre,
Bathroom turned fountains,
Lived by Independence strugglers.
You will love to see transformation,
Admin office turned gallery,
Pergola Prison cells turned Wi-fi hotspot,
Kitchen turned food court.
You will imagine how deadly it was,
With high thick fence that cannot be crushed,
In the heart of town,
For those who scorn her Majesty.
You will love to be a free inmate,
Rushing in to free arts of all sorts,
Colonially oppressed, democratically free.
18th September, 2014 11:29am
(c)Olutayo IRAN-TIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria