Cold nights, dark as the flower over your soul.
You call it a body; I find a warm shelter against life adversities.
Wrap your arms around my frailty while my head rests on
your temple—
The worship is pleasing. I bow into three doors of your being.
Let me chant these prayers ‘fore the moon disappears,
Into your bossom.
Till I cave these half-moons within your pink-colored altar,
Stretch them for my obeisance on the line of your imaginations—
Will you think of me between offerings of sweat and tears?
Will you hearken to the knocks, pleading for your voice to be raised?

I pray,
as my seed offering gets planted on your moistness,
To grow emotions.



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Portrait - IkwuagwuUdochukwu writes from Ibadan. He has written for notable contemporary and literary blogs including AfricanWriter, TheNakedConvos, SankofaMag, TheSarcasticCentre amongst others.

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I'm finishing up a phd at Duke University where I study African novels, which I believe are some of the loveliest things ever written. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

One Response to “sHE-Motions | By Udochukwu Ikwuagwu | African Poetry” Subscribe

  1. Celestine Chimmummunefenwuanya 2015/06/09 at 12:35 am #

    Fine lines…with enjabments that make them wrech the heart easily. First, i feared its simplicity would mar its salient message but,wow! it’s an ointment that made it gleamed and pulling. I did read it with interest.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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