Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice

by Tolu’ A. Akinyemi

Flood us with your mercies,

Calm this tumultuous wind, 
Raging like a sweltering firestorm

Can’t you hear our intense groans
Reverberating like heartbreak songs?

We will:
                  Atone for this error.
                  That has birthed terror
                  And gloomy weathers.

                  Burn incense 
                  On glistening altars.
                 And shy from the error of our           
                 Ways that have become a   
                 consuming fire.

Tolu’ A. Akinyemi (also known as Tolutoludo & the Lion of Newcastle) is a multiple award-winning author in the genres of poetry, short stories, children’s literature, and essays. He is a co-founder of Lion and Lilac, a UK-based arts organisation, and sits on the board of many organisations.

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