JP, MY JP

(for JP Clark-Bekeredemo at 80)

You are the mouthpiece,

Piercing with words,

Piping your thoughts

Through many collections.

JP, My JP.

From the Ijaw waters,

He transversed to hook a Yoruba lady,

Detribalizing his arts

Through his visible life.

JP, My JP

Your pepper is pepperish,

Peppering those with smeared conscience,

You have been saying it

With a descriptive difference

Through the genres.

JP, My JP.

Judging with the Pen,

Judgment to prick

You have not relented,

Yearning to their hearing,

Even if they donÔÇÖt hear,

JP, My JP

You have turned grey

Yet evergreen,

Turned younger

Through writing,

JP Clark is already immortal,

Do 80 more collections,

Now that you are 80

JP Clark, Iba o!

(c)Olutayo IRAN-TIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria
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