ATAVISM
 
 
some mythical nights ago,
a renowned professor of psychiatry
was seen at an hillcrest,
dancing naked and frantic around
twenty burning colorful candles,
with two slain pigeons in sweaty hands,
speaking rehearsed neologisms unto heaven.
 
he was doing what every good father 
would do for an only son - a 20-year-old boy -
who has a fractured and addled mind.
 
after all, was it not the same starry sky 
the boy howls to every night,
believing that he is debating with bean-shaped
aliens from a planet that's shaped like a mouse?
 
this is what good fathers and men do
when all roads seemingly lead nowhere.
they go back to their roots,
even if that leads nowhere too.
 
 
 
 
Ketamine
 
stabbed and missionized into veins,
i sedate the reins of consciousness,
rummaging it like declassified FBI files.
then, i take my host on a long journey—
sometimes to the center of the universe
and sometimes to his intergluteal cleft.
oh, i am as despicable as i am admirable.
i trick reality into distorted phenomena,
making the atheist recite The Lord's prayer;
making the meek pacifist shout 'Sieg Heil!';
and turning the sweet, faithful spouse
into a confessor of fiendish escapades
as the bewildered surgeon and the anaesthetist
struggle to keep their lips shut against laughter
and their ears sealed to tales that can break homes.


Pat Ashinze is an Igbo-Yoruba hybrid. He is currently a finalist medical student at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He writes within the axial stream of poetry, prose, essays, aphorisms, gizmos and whatnot. His works have been featured and are forthcoming on Mojave Heart review, Ann Arbor review, Blognostics, Vox Poetika, Terse Journal, Kairos, Dissident voice, Kalahari review and elsewhere.

Pat won the Inaugural UNILORIN Students Union Poetry Prize in 2019. His nonfiction entry came second place in the ‘COVID-19 in my City’ Literary Competition organised by the Mandela Institute of Development Studies, SA in 2021. He is a three time consecutive listee on the Top 100 Nigerian students poets list organised by PIN(Poets-In-Nigeria Initiative).
He was a finalist for the 2021 Stephen A. Dibiase International poetry prize. He was a finalist for the World NTDS Storytelling (Literary category) competition in 2021.

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