Two Poems | Tolu’ A. Akinyemi

No Room for Racism

Would you take the knee with me?

Would you speak out in my defence,

Screaming that there is no room for racism?


Would you take the knee with me

As a symbolism of equality?


Would you speak out in my defence,

That Black Lives Matter?


Would you take the knee with me

And stand as an equal with me?



Let empathy thrive;

Let it rain more than a bucketful,

That we might bask in its essence.


Let empathy reign

With springing roots

Before we are dealt a crushing blow by its lack.


Let empathy rain—

Rain on us;

That we might breathe new life.

Photo by Danny Lines on Unsplash


Tolu’ A. Akinyemi (also known as Tolutoludo & Lion of Newcastle) is a multi-award-winning author in the genre of poetry, short story, children’s literature and essays. His works include: Dead Lions Don’t Roar (poetry, 2017), Unravel Your Hidden Gems (essays, 2018), Dead Dogs Don’t Bark (poetry, 2018), Dead Cats Don’t Meow (poetry, 2019), Never Play Games with the Devil (poetry, 2019), Inferno of Silence (short stories, 2020), A Booktiful Love (poetry, 2020), Black ≠ Inferior (poetry, 2021), Never Marry a Writer (poetry, 2021), Everybody Don Kolomental (poetry, 2021), I Wear Self-Confidence Like a Second Skin (children’s literature, 2021), I Am Not a Troublemaker (children’s literature, 2021), Born in Lockdown (poetry, September 2021), A god in a human body (poetry, forthcoming – January 2022), City of Lost Memories, (poetry, forthcoming – August 2022), You need more than Dreams (poetry, forthcoming – January 2023), and The Morning Cloud is Empty (poetry, forthcoming – March 2023).
Tolu’ has been endorsed by Arts Council England as a writer with “exceptional talent.”

He is a co-founder of Lion and Lilac, a UK-based arts organization and sits on the board of many organizations. 


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