B8100ED5-359B-492F-9FCD-5D6E8D90DFD7it’s that hour on the clock

where the sun is a belly button

from a distance

and half the nocturnal insects

are mobile

and cricketing

and the wind is windy

and curtains are curled to the side

to let in gold-yellow lights

and the mattresses are rumpling

from our every tiny shift

closer

and we watch the hole between us

refill into an animal

a tiger first

large and hunting

for more than entangled pinkies

for the meet of foreheads

and blend of breaths into milkshake

and then a cub

nestled underneath crisscrossed arms

to nurture a silence that is as wild

and teethed

there’s more to this hour

than the rising moon holds

 

PS: The title and the line ‘watch the hole between us refill into an animal’ was borrowed from JK Anowe’s poemDon’t Say I Never Gave You Anything’ in his chapbook SKY RAINING FIST

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Precious Okpechi studies Biochemistry at the University of Nigeria Nsukka. His works has appeared in Brittle Paper, Kissing Dynamite, The Shore, and elsewhere. He is Assistant Editor at 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Poetry.

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