I Travelled In This Body Called Grief
when grief quiets you, you do not
become silent; it contorts your voice
into a whiff of greaseless screams
& waltzes your nimble vulnerabilities,
collecting flotsams of broken joys.
our parish priest said grief is a tactless
shyster that lurks at midnight; your most
defenseless hour, to swallow dreams &
pelt doses of godless sorrows at you.
some nights I breathe in fire, & my lungs
protest against its insouciant air:
a kaleidoscope of hope molting into grief.
I am a pilgrim in this body. I stomach
grief. I plod. O wretched man that I am!
who shall deliver me from this body of
grief? from this body called grief.
empty me of grace. make me a wingless
song less bird. immerse me in the oasis of
a wilting wind. but do not make this body
my home again.
Bio: Solomon Maikas
Solomon Maikas is a Nigerian writer and a student of Bayero University, Kano. He currently resides in Kano, Nigeria. His poems and short stories have appeared in Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog, Poemify Magazine, and Daachiever Blog.
Solomon enjoys listening to Mali Music & Bethel Music and telling the story of Africa through his poetry.
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