THE LAGOS BUS

I know the secret to strong bones

I have found the chiropractor’s cure

Take a ride on a Lagos bus      

Then say welcome bye to painful groans!

Harsh jolts abrupt loosen up stiff joints

Unseat the brain, jostle set it spinning.

Speed bumps hasty shift congealed road blocks

Force harsh toxins and blood clots away for pure streams

Lazy arms flail cyclical, grip metal balance

Buttocks bounce, trash within wood cage

Headaches and migraines bow to superior cracks

Fly, escape forgotten through broken windows.

Deaf ears awaken at long loud grinding clutch

New record breaks at passengers’ colourful stringed curses

As fat petals, unfold the spray of grim driver’s salivered oaths.

Formulaic manic maneuvers inspire mind’s virtual simulation

Of fatal visions catapulting off Kilimanjaro peak

To greedy bottomless canal beneath Carter’s bridge.

Pot holes dent, bend and muscles creak, crack

Again the bus leaps and scared nerves skip…

Too slow hearts jumpstart, make fast trudging paces

Willing the wheels to steady rampant steel

Driver curves in his tattered sit, like a skier at the Swiss Alps.

Miraculously Arthritis discovers its stiff mystery

Former lame veteran jumps agile to safety’s plain

Pregnancy’s unborn child kicks in sudden resistance

Position righted, cord loosened round small neck

Sudden labour’s water breaks to grave shocked gasps.

The fool’s vague memory complete returns

On this horror ride into spiritual trance epiphany

The drunk’s dulled sense brittle rattled to spy alertness

Mellow mind shuns lethargy, uncoils from the depth a slow fear.

Posing lady switches embarrassed to neutral position as

Last night’s shameful G-string springs from swinging purse clasp

To leering grin of yellow teethed, red eyed conductor.

Constipated bowels explode untraceable past vain walls

Fowl gas emissions escape the anal channels, diffuse unhindered

Oxygen caves to superior carbon, ammonia and fart’s mixed fumes.
I know the secret to strong bones

I have found the chiropractor’s cure

Take a ride on a Lagos bus      

Then say welcome bye to painful groans!

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