16703986226_d37341efdf_k

When you were standing
on the shoreline—protagonist of
a restless cast; watching darkness
ripen into morning . . .

When lapping waves
licked the lips of a
bank of sand, and
your thoughts rode out to sea—

morsels on the palms of silence—
tossed by the waves but did not sink . . .

When you used up your
stock of sympathy and scraped
the barrel’s bottom of congealed
tears . . .

When the sharp agony of
a broken heart pounced!

And
your tears hollowed out a stone
not by force but by
falling often . . .

When the gods sat around
a campfire trading stories
of mortality—

fumes from their sighs—
needlestreaks of light
tore through Heavensgate . . .

When the Fates guided the willing, and
compelled the unwilling.

When, . . .

you were only a gleam in the eyes of the gods.

 

********

Post image by Davide D’Amico via Flickr

 

About the Author:

Portrait - EgwuenuEyitemi Egwuenu is a Nigerian-born Australian poet and novelist. He trained as a Medical Doctor, and obtained a PhD in cardiovascular neuroscience. He is the author of the collection of poems, Torque, and the novel, Tetelestai. He lives in Sydney. Follow Eyitemi on Facebook and Twitter. You can also check him out on Youtube and his Amazon Author Page.

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.

No comments yet.

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

The Brittle Paper Literary Awards: New Date for the Announcement of Winners

The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards was scheduled for 23 September 2017. However, a change […]

The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

Screen-Shot-2017-09-20-at-4.57.42-PM-e1505944728679 copy

Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th […]

New Website Collects Everything Binyavanga Wainaina Has Written Since the Late 1990s

A new Website has collected everything published by Binyavanga Wainaina since his writing career began in the late 1990s. The […]

Opportunity for All Writers | Submit to Vanguard Literary Services’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Anthology

To mark the 2017 World HIV/AIDS Day on December 1, Vanguard Literary Services, a bookselling company in Nigeria, has called […]

The Graywolf Press Africa Prize Launches with Igoni A. Barrett as Judge

igoni a. barrett

A new award just dropped: the Graywolf Press Africa Prize, for “a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing […]

Nnedi Okorafor Celebrates Everyday African Life in New Superhero Comic

okorafor comics

A little over two years ago, South African Sci-fi writer Lauren Beukes collaborated with D. C. Comics on a Wonder […]