Seeded dreams in the cornrows of her hair,
sprout in the moonlight of the bed
where Ala* lay dead.
Global warming between her legs.
We’d torn the compass from her head,
got lost in the thickness of her braids
and gave her a perm.
Built crude castles with the tar sands of her years,
sandbanks against the tides of her tears
as we carved out her womb to find the last eggs.
she never stop loving us.
Growing us promises even while she’d lain there bleeding,
as our little ones run wild
through the fading rows of her hair,
beating the long shadows in the lunar light
with tendrils ripped off her last gift
as we chatter on about their growing strength.
- Ala = Also known as Ani, Ana, Ale, and Ali in varying Igbo dialects, is the female Alusi (deity) of the earth, morality, death, and fertility in Odinani, the belief system of the Igbo peoples of Eastern Nigeria.
- Tar sands = Also known as Oil sands or more technically, bituminous sands, are a type of unconventional petroleum deposit, particularly found in extremely large quantities in Canada.