15170909518_88c44d6279_z

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.

 

*****************

Image by Tina H via Flickr

About the Author:

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

Tags: , ,

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.

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

  1. Celestine Chimmummunefenwuanya 2015/06/09 at 00:35 #

    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.

Leave a Reply

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.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Archives

When We Talk about Kintu | By Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

image1

When Kwani? launched its Manuscript Project competition in 2012 the stated aim was to find the best unpublished novels by […]

“The Great Ugandan Novel” | Aaron Bady Hails Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

Kintu-event-image

Since its 2014 publication, Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu has raced its way to hit status. Divided into six parts, the novel “reimagines […]

Judges Unveiled for the Black Letter Media Short Story Competition

black letter media

Black Letter Media has released the three-person list of judges for the 2017 edition of its short story competition. The judges […]

A Mosaic of Torn Places | Read the New Diverse Anthology of Young Nigerian Writers

FB_IMG_1495627371547

A Mosaic of Torn Places, the latest anthology of young writers out of Nigeria, collects ten stories of poignant diversity. […]

A Narrative of Home and Longing | Review of Inua Ellams’ #Afterhours | By Billie McTernan

ellams

In his new anthology-cum-diary-cum-memoir, #Afterhours, Nigerian poet Inua Ellams features a collection of poems written in-response to a well-considered selection […]

The New Things Fall Apart Cover is the Best Thing You’ll See Today

ekpuk-ephemeral-cuba

Things Fall Apart will be 60 next year. And Penguin USA is pulling all the stops to put together a […]