Kelechi Okoronkwo is a Nigerian writer, poet wrote Bag of Mess in 2017

Kelechi Okoronkwo is a Nigerian writer, poet wrote Bag of Mess in 2017


Poetic License: Bag of Mess, By Kelechi Okoronkwo



By Kelechi Okoronkwo


You see a lady from a safe distance

She cuts your image of a gazelle

Your heart melts and your jaw drops

You beckon and she follows


You let things in-between go too fast

Scarlets fall off your eyes

She turns out a bag of mess

A big full bag of mess, you can see


You plot a run to reclaim yourself

She looks into your eyes and dares

Don’t even think about it

‘Even in your weirdest imagination’

‘Or like a calabash,

‘I will use your head to drink water’

Her eyes, a mix of rage and mischief


You become as cold as a block of ice

As restless as animated GIFs

You wonder how you got in the mess

And how the mess got into you


All night long you plot different graphs

On the busy slate of your mind

No perfect angle

No graph meets at equilibrium


You wake up again laying side by side

With this bag of mess

Then it dawns on you

You are stuck

Forever, stuck with a big full bag of mess

Cos you let things in-between go too fast


Bag of Mess was written in 2017 by Kelechi Okoronkwo, a Nigerian, writer, poet, journalist, public affairs analyst and critic.


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Kings UBA is a Nigerian journalist and writer. I have reported for major local and international news organisations. I write satire. In 2017, I started contributing stories primarily to Discover Africa News Network. I can be reached on I currently manage Discover Africa News social media handles

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