Post-weekend Poetry 123: Throne by Tokoni Uti

Tokoni UtiWelcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the one hundred and twenty-third poem in this series. This week’s piece is by poet and novelist Tokoni Uti.


The silver-laced seat of power sits before the gold-plated crucifix.

The lesser ones sit in duplicates of six.

The stranger scans the room with trained eyes.

And charms the watching audience with precise lies.

His lips quiver in reference to aged symbols.

His fingers circle in adoration of ancient enrol.

He sits steadily in the middle of comfort and torment.

And demands silence in the execution of judgment.


I asked Tokoni to tell us more about this piece and she said…

The poem throne is about the life of a person hanging on the judgement of a single ruler who’s integrity itself is under question.

Thank you Tokoni. Your poem says a lot in so few words.

Tokoni Uti grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and developed an interest in literature from an early age. She began writing when she was 10. She attended the International School of the University of Lagos and is currently at Bowen University, Nigeria. She is a novelist and poet and has previously written poetry for the Huffington Post, Portsmouth Daily Times, Space Bar magazine, S magazine,, San Diego Free Press, Collective Lifestyle Media, Op-ed News, The Brooklyn Reader and Los Angeles Free Press. Her blog is at


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