It is safe to say that poetry in its entire artfulness requires a poet to assume forms for his symbolisms, much like an actor in a movie portrays a character other than his natural attributes. If a poet could as well create a contrary or unpopular role for a phenomenon, then such poet should not be underestimated of his fluidity, and that is what Temidayo Jacob represents.
In Beauty Of Ashes, poetry is a luxury liner of creativity navigated on the turbulence of a thunderstorm. Talk about how the venom of a snake is converted to an antidote for another form of illness. This is just a hint at the paradox that accentuates the blessings in the disguise of an emerging beauty from erstwhile destruction. Call this the beauty of destruction (of which “ashes” is a befitting symbolism).