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Where there's no path By Aiye-ko ooto
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For more than 337years, the world has suffered the effects of inhumanity. Man, against man. Peoples of color from everywhere, yellow, brown, red and black were branded and used by the imperial and... More > colonial forces. Aiyeko-ooto follows the path of history, seeking redemption, reparations and reintegration. Some still claim the fallacy of superior white race. Yes! Let’s go there! Do we look on, when some rhetoric of current day; remain like those of the hateful past? Is it possible for man to forgive and live together in harmony, despite our grave human errors? There are lessons to be learned from memories that ache and reasons to accommodate. In 5 movements: Our journey is short; roaming the winds; we’re better than that; in swamps and marshes and on a note of laughter, Aiye-ko ooto delivers 50 pungent poems to capture the past, present and future!< Less
Unvarnished Liberty By Aiye-ko ooto
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Unvarnished liberty morphs into a soliloquy quickly as you digest its guts. For we can only hope to recrudesce human liberty after this lull. There has been a prolonged unprofitable quiescence or... More > failure to act on promises of liberty. Aiyeko ooto, in anthology (50 poems) is in the trenches. He dug into archives to understand why we forgot to varnish liberty we sort so hard to find. In 5 movements Aiyeko-ooto explores in Pots call Kettle black, Be Still till it sinks in, Squabbles over what remains, Devil and Minions and Thorn of inhumanity. In many ways the liberties of man and his ancestors have been robbed by a few who believe it is in their interest to keep us segregated and separated. Borders are erected, dams built, races profiled, and men enslaved. All to prove their point of supremacy which never has been true. In these poems there is an awakening of the soul, to fight back to reclaim love, lost parents, separated children, divorced hearts, racial equality and love which binds us all together< Less
Pebble Shines By Aiye-ko ooto
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Aiyeko-ooto in search of truth, mines in geological sites. This 50 poem anthology, relates metaphorically the depth we must excavate to find love. Especially, when others cynically dismiss it. It is... More > rough to get going, but it gets better. Every gem was a stone. Every pebble trampled upon by many a feet. Until, someone made a promise to make the pebble shine. Before then, there was no “Daylight Promise”. No one asked “why you crawl; when you could fly”. Who paid the “Price of your Dream?” The judgment we received, is the pain of our transition through “Eclipses of Attitudes”. Finally, pebble shines; and becomes a “Dancing Masquerade”. Now, everyone comes from far and wide, admire and glimpse upon our beauty. They’ll pay to see us dance. Not realizing they once trampled on us, as a common pebble by the open beach of life.< Less
Wells at Midnight By Aiye-ko ooto
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Short of breath of time, angling space of distance and a sprinkle of salty jealousy, 3 cords; bind broken promises. Aiyeko-ooto in this anthology (50 poems) sample broth, cooked in a hurry and found... More > ingredients of bitter delicacy at the wells at midnight. Just like a baby who cries at night, but needs to learn to take naps in the afternoons, feed heavy and lay down at night, such is the maturity required of sweethearts. We need to learn to hold firm; reins of time, realign distance between us and wrangle jealousy with humor. In 5 movements, Aiyeko-ooto, ends their differences in these words – “If spilling my blood would be watershed of your acceptance, come then and partake of it. For tolerance is written into the constitution of our minds; instead of acceptance, no doubt we have in time created room for intolerance” So if you have not enough hate in you to spill that blood, why don’t you redeem it? Forgive each other, claim time lost, end privacy and petty jealous in each other’s embrace.< Less
Souls In Watercress Valleys By Aiye-ko ooto
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Warning! - an emotional piece. If you can’t handle, do not open!!! Often overlooked, our souls are hollow and perennial. They’re rapidly growing, much like watercress in valleys, they are... More > semi-aquatic. They survive water or land. In either sphere, they must remain not too long. Too long on land they’ll dry up or in water, they’re torn apart. But souls need to reside in valleys, struggling between water and land. It defines their character. Similar to challenges we face in life. The comfort of love is like water to our souls, whereas the struggles with daily bread, the climb out of valleys. Aiyeko -ooto in this anthology of 50 poems, ripples in the waters and climbs out of the valleys. In 5 movements, we relive, how “a thousand words” matter to our soul. What happens when there are “poses in dark woods”? How “brittle and beautiful” we are. The need for us to climb “sunny slopes” and “that secret” – the balancing act of humanity and love.< Less
Soldiers of Fate By Aiye-ko ooto
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Through our struggles, strength is built for success. Inner battles plague even the strongest among us. Aiyeko-ooto in this anthology of 50 poems gathers the elements of fighting in the trenches of... More > life. Where souls are troubled, the resolve to survive is not waned. Such is the spirit of mankind. In life and love there are troughs and crests. Only for the dead is the sound of winds without rise and fall of shrills. In 5 movements; these poems highlight the times “Out of Darkness’, when bottled tears run down the cheeks. Followed by the “Thirst for victory”, even when we wear “torn robes and ashes” before “Freedom Reigns”< Less
Season Wonders By Aiye-ko ooto
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How wonderful the season, when we first found love? It seemed it would last forever. Aiyeko-ooto in 50 poems eulogize the rich epic of love and poverty of its loss. The Poet paints solemn colors of... More > this experience in 5 movements: We all know what it was to be the “clown of April”. Happy like fools, until the “Broken Veil”. In desperation time stole everything, it appears as the season closes. Hearts are “Carved Without Mercy”. The distance and time are the enemies. While “Murder takes place in the Dark”. The only thing that remains as Summer close into Autumn is a fall. Lonely as hearts take “ Walk In the Rain”. There is doxology in this experience which must not pass away unquoted: “If I died tonight, it would have been enough, Then, I’ll live, forever in depth of your heart, I am at the confluence, of water and rock, Buffing the sides and smiles in response, So smooth you are there, everywhere”< Less
Shoot The Breeze By Aiye-ko ooto
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Amongst friends we are mostly sanguine. Our exchanges are often loud and boisterous. That is what our lively youth reflect. Aiyeko-ooto depicts from memory in this anthology of youthful engagements.... More > This is truly a mix bag of goodies and raunchiest kicks. When we have fun, let’s face it, even friends fights. It’s all about time together, shooting the breeze! Sometimes, we make up some songs, it gets better the more we sing it. Maybe there are life’s lessons about living and loving. In any case, we collaborate, compete and conspire to do good and not so good things. 50 poems echoes; songs, tales, first loves, first losses and many more. Most of all, fun shooting the breeze!< Less
Summer of Love By Aiye-ko ooto
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What a wonderful Summer it is. I wash, spit and drink love. From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same. Perfect! If there is ever an adjective for the sunny days and moonlights. I could... More > find beauty in anything and everything. The nights; left hope for a morning of reunion. The afternoons for rendezvous, and evenings for long walks in gardens. Tell me what else is held back from love? Aiyeko-ooto observes a summer of lovers. 50 poems in 5 movements, greens are luxuriant, when you are happy. The colors of flowers radiant and shimmering. Even though a few spots of rain interrupt our rituals. We justify it; with a need to cool the heat. OK; so maybe it’s not perfect. Soft as sandy shores are, don’t you get few grains; blown into your eyes? Since when has that stopped anyone; going to the beach? If Summer comes again, I’ll be there!< Less
Dew of Heaven By Aiye-ko ooto
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Second chances are rare for most people. This anthology takes Aiyeko-ooto to learn of couples who found the second chance, is better than the first. When they thought it was over, then discover that... More > opposites still attract and love has no limit on days of life. The initial cautious steps, wobbly as may appear; allows them to “Face the Sun”. The wake up at new dawn to experience “The promise of Dew”. Soon, enough they start to enjoy “Quavering Smackers”. The “Remnants of their Broken Voices” are heard, happily in between gallons of fresh breath. Assured, less cynical, more adventurous, they unpack all their gifts, “Counting on Second Chance”.< Less

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