thoughts begin like bubbles like wishes afloat
in awe of a levitation which lips rack to expatiate
like shivers rocking a mirror holding memories to your face
about you about what’s lost about all the promises you
made to each other under the oak tree silence & darkness with
your shadows cupped into each other’s body & breath.
these puffs of memories fluttered out of your mouth
in camaraderie like a bird saved from a tight cage as
your imagination writhed from the dampness of a pastureland
when you speak to the wind trees wave at your eloquence
the wind bear another kind of emotion shoulder high &
safely tuck them into the ears of your companion &
she shut the gate of her heart as if nothing was uttered.
your heart is
a combat field
raging with booms of questions &
answers seek cover behind her tongue behind a veil
from the eye of the sun to that of the moon.
you rumble in tremor to reconcile how your words
fell short of her emotions.
Published on October 1st, 2022
Ojo Olumide Emmanuel is a Nigerian Poet and Book Editor. He is the Author of the Poetry Chapbook "Supplication For Years in Sands" (Polarsphere Books, 2021). His works have appeared and forthcoming at Feral, Quills, Poemify, Melbourne-Culture, Fictionniche, TNR and elsewhere. He is the editor-in-chief of the Nigerian Review. He is a fellow of the SprinNG Writers Fellowship. Say hi to him on Twitter @OjoOlumideEmma2
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