Tell me. Will you hear me when I call? Will you listen when I scream? Will you stand and take my beatings on your chest? Will you ask why the tears? How dare you speak of love In such passive terms? How dare you make comparisons As though the world were one? You call me … Continue reading Hear!
Who are you? And why does your name ever resound in my mind Your face’s contours and texture ever fresh in my palms I was lost, drifting You were to be a solace, a constant My heart held on in false belief But your eyes went where they went You asked for what you saw … Continue reading Stuck in My Head
Let’s fade away into nothingness Let me wake and ask if it was all a dream Walking corpses, living and breathing Responding to stimuli I was made deadened to Let’s be writings on the shore Washed away by raging waves Let’s be shooting stars Let’s be a moment’s eclipse A removed appendix Not felt, not … Continue reading Fade
That was just number 1 though. Other numbers followed. Other letters followed. Nkem was a child that made love easy. Teachers and students alike adored her. Then, the 5s became 6s and her 9s 8s. I couldn’t get my mind around it. She seemed to forget each correction as soon as it was made, as … Continue reading Closed-in Petals 2
I loved you so much I let you go Or maybe I loved me too much to hold on You’d planned our end before we began And I feared my heart was too fragile To swell with such anticipation And then have a boulder crash on it You knew little I knew nothing We both … Continue reading An Ode to What Never Was
Tonight, I saw a lone star in the sky. Its frantic twinkle seemed like a spirited fight against oblivion. And I wished for its sake that its light would become stronger and its look thus more like that of a star. I wished- not that that was as important as the first- that a star … Continue reading Closed-in Petals
What if I could place my foot in each imprint And trace my way back to the past What if I could once again live In that cocoon of completeness and laughter What if I could still be that And be in the now still… The tree fell: The iroko that had made the canopy … Continue reading What if…
I turned to the other side and moaned, the springs below my mattress squeaking as I did so. The loud laughter and conversation coming from the next room had long ceased. Nighttime sounds soon eased my body into much needed sleep. Mondays were my most hectic days, with lectures running from 8 am to 6 … Continue reading Mahoganies and Phones
The things that are done in your name- I mean, the things that are undone behind the flimsy facade of your name -from “Borrowed Airs” by Kobina Eyi Acquah It was that time of the night when nothing was expected to stir. Expectations aren’t laws, however, and so stirrings did occur- in our hearts as … Continue reading Azuka! What Have You Done?
She didn’t want him seeing her like this- ashy skin and sunken cheeks and fast greying hair that refused to hold on to her scalp. She didn’t want to see herself even, if the shattered mirror months ago was any indication. She assumed it was months ago. She didn’t bother trying to keep track of … Continue reading Grays
The first time you fall in love, you forget all they told you about boys. He is of a different kind. The sight of him sends jitters through you and his deep husky voice enthralls you. When he tells you those three words, you squeal off your best friend’s ears. Then the daydreams start or … Continue reading Solo