The road is a poem by Lauren Danjuma. She is a Nigerian poet whose poems have touched lives, and in this poem “The Road” she advised the uniform men to discharge their jobs with due diligence.
The poem describes the road as being in existence for over a long period and people need to apply caution while making use of it. The poem reminds road users that the road neither forgives nor forget.
She anchored the case study on uniform men who when deployed to routes to ensure safety end up overlooking traffic offences by conspiring to take bribes (bribes that does not make them any much better than they were); hence, exposing innocent lives to the dangers on the road. It is expedient to note that some of these traffic offences such as bad tyres, shattered windscreen beyond the drivers’ view, overloading of persons and goods, traffic light violation and lots more most times lead to crashes.
Another instance could be traffic offenders whom when apprehended manoeuvre and meander away for if they escape a team, they’ll meet another team ahead. To hoodlums who disrupt the highway by reaping where they’ve never sown amongst others, the poem also reminded them that the road never forgets as their lot is buried on it. The poem, in a nutshell, is a clarion call to doing the right thing on the road by adhering to its strict compliance, and for hoodlums to stay out of the road and engage their lives usefully.
For ages, I have known you
You’ve been here before my birth
So, with caution, I journey
Leaving my footprints sticking
On your body like a tattoo
I daily mark my presence
Like the breath, I sniff to live
Yes, I sometimes dash my foot on hitches
But I press on to the mark, my destination
Your traitors you never forgive
And their deeds you hardly forget
For lives, they sell for dough
Dough that vanishes
Like darkness sighting light
On you, their lot is buried
For your stretch cannot be spent
Like river Nile, to search
For at the fade of one path pops the other
I do not dread to tread on you
For my destination is sure.
WRITTEN BY LAUREN DANJUMA