Beware of my master,
For he seeks people out in dark times,
With a promise to brighten up your path,
Only to darken the darkness you’re walking in.
Avoid my master,
For he comes in the disguise of an angel,
And the promise of a good life,
Only to grant you hell.
Stay away from my master,
For as a friend will he pay you a visit,
And with an assurance to keep you company,
Only to leave you all by yourself in the end.
For if you heed to his calls,
And get caught in his snares,
Your burdens will multiply,
And breaking free will be as difficult as hell.
In his arms will he embrace you,
Rid you of your paradise and replace with disease,
Rid you of your life and replace with death,
Rid you of your beauty and replace with ugliness
Listen to my cry! Heed to my pleas!
Learn from my story and don’t walk in his footsteps
Whenever he comes visiting, shut him out,
No matter how hard life gets, never invite him.
Written by Iwayemi Iyanuoluwa Olubunmi, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, NIGERIA.