the river behind you wouldn’t
stop screaming like a woman’s
body burped by anguish.
the half-eaten stars above your
head glitter like angels’ skin
smoldered by blazing wings.
the window opens wide,
the sleeting fall of the moon’s soutache.
a lush hush of embrace,
the wind cooing underneath the
tender breasts of the city.
the room smells like a ship,
flown into flight by the tide
of a sea. there is a splash of
silence on your skin, cracks of
thoughts, your pores open up,
the soul of a sad song coalesce
your eyes, words flow out of the
containment of this out burst.
You look behind, the blissful promises
you kindled in half-made dreams,
your mother’s histrionic mouth submerged
by sleep’s warm fingers.
your father’s skin, feted by
fatigue, a blazing hoot of
senility eats up the other end of his
You, adhesive to the assemblage
of stars, the fall of darkness over
a city, You pick up a smile,
& drown into the throat of this
city, falling is drowning,
at morn, they find your body
shattered & broken on the brown
face of the Earth like a lifeless
river buried without a coffin.
About The Author
Odukoya Adeniyi is an undergraduate studying English and Education at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. His poems have appeared/forthcoming on Roadrunner Review, Kalahari Review, Praxis magazine, Agbowo, Feral poetry and others. Reach out to him on Twitter @adeniyi_odukoya