Alma Mater – Adetoye Comfort

Great is my alma mater, land of diversity

A world on its own, making a brotherhood out of differing tongues

Built on Christ’s foundation, tongues may wag for however long

Beautiful, beautiful, Bowen University.

 

I have lived and loved in this beautiful land

Through the Reverend’s words every Sunday

Through the hostel Supervisor’s knocks on my door every morning

Through the one week-prepared projects every other week

I have lived through the annoying gazes I meet at Munchies’ every other night

 

I have seen and heard in this controversial land……..Oh, pardon not my words for the truth begs no pardon

…Seen the things I thought my eyes would not come across

Seen the innocent gape open-mouthed in wonder as a fellow innocentee fell for lies from one bros

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Heard the rumours of riot, and suspension, and rustication

I have heard the voice of the Vice Chancellor shatter my hopes of early holidays countless times.

I have passed and failed in this beautiful land

Passed tests; class tests as well as various non-academic tests I would rather not talk about

Passed around rumours of new aws, as well as the distributed pamphlets on Thursday evenings

Failed a few tests and a few friends, some of which I regret

I have failed to obey certain laws, for of course no one is perfect in this land

 

I have lived and loved in this beautiful land

Loved friends, students and staffs alike

Loved certain courses and activities more than others

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Loved every bit of the tears I cried and the anger I felt, for what they taught me

I have loved every bit of disappointment and fear I experienced, for who they made me.

 

Great is my alma mater, land of diversity

A world on its own, making a brotherhood out of differing tongues

Built on Christ’s foundation, though tongues may wag for however long

Beautiful, beautiful Bowen University.

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About the Writer

Adetoye Comfort is a writer who mainly specializes in both poetry and prose. She has been in this art of writing for four years and motivation is drawn from life experiences which are mostly personal. She is also a blogger.

 

 

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