Deity, oh Deity!
Deity drank whiskey
Deity loved to drink whiskey
We also heard, that he was a whizkid
Once upon a time, Deity got a tattoo
And everywhere, there was hullabaloo
He also loved women, had them so many
They filled his shrine, ‘specially if it was rainy
Deity joked on us, very cruel jokes they were
One could never be sure, to love him or to fear
Deity drank to stupor, was inspired by the bottle
When his anger did pour, it never could be throttled
Around these few themes, did his life always revolve
When we sought it out, we found that’s how they evolve
Toyin Taiwo (c) 2016
Author’s Note: Around the world, there are thousands of deities, whose worship involve drinking of alcohol and patronage of prostitutes, and who exhibit sporadic bouts of anger in the midst of endless jesting and revelry. While some of these deities are dead, many are still living.
Now, read the poem again.
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