Greek gods

The gods are not to blame

Birthed under the waxing crescent moon,
After rigorous nine moons in sacred shade,
Questions allude his new state
Thirst for answers,
hungered for power
Are the gods really to blame?

For the decisions made
To satisfy our selfish desires and opulent taste,
Painting our whole with shrouds of pain
Counting numerous losses as gains?
Are the gods really to blame?

For atrocities of royal blood
Whose throne were made,
Throne cursed with greediness, pestilence absurd
Leaving the masses in the uncertain hands of fate,
Are the gods really to blame?

For our un-tarred killer roads,
Neglected by the same ‘next to gods’
Whose purses are filled with ill-gotten riches,
Splashing the wealth across the border of our seas,
The gods are not to blame.

For our many pains
Created by tools they handed to us for our gains,
We are to blame
For our inordinate hate,
obsession for power that can’t be tamed.

IBRAHIM, YUSUF OLAWALE is a graduate of Urban and Regional Planning and an avid reader and writer. The title of my poem is


About the Author


Damilola is co-author of Life's Chrysalis, where he wrote “Rejection: Like Earth to Rain”. His writing has appeared in The Naked Convos, Africa on the Blog, The Guardian News Nigeria, Viva-Naija News, and Tuck Magazine. He also volunteers with PDBY News at the University of Pretoria. Damilola is an IREBS for African Real Estate Research Scholar at the University of Pretoria, where he is a Doctoral Candidate. He is the Head of Media and Strategy at Upside Africa. Damilola won the Biopage essay contest in 2018. He plays the saxophone for leisure.

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