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all it took to change the world
was a bright colorless sheet
laying diagonally on
a flat plank, supported by
four woody legs
stretched triangularly to
balance the framework.

the stage was set. behind the
scene stood an innovative
illustrator, about to detonate his
explosive modification of a
new world.

he interchanged the colors of
the sky with grass. switched
the sky to evergreen to teach it
to be relatively stable in appearance
as the grass does, through the climate.
and the grass to sky-blue, to
give it a feel of the hue it longed
and craved for, each time it looked up
to the sky.

the crusader depicted the
clouds to be black. this he did to
checkmate its deceitful prior colors from
giving false alarms of
downpour expectation.

the idealist did not stop there,
so he bled a little from his index,
using the crimson to decorate the
water bodies as red moistures
to bind human souls together when
they drink from the same DNA.

finally, as a finishing touch,
the demonstrator made the
invisible visible. portraying oxygen
as translucent ashes, floating in the
atmosphere, for them to value what
sustains their respiration and
a constant reminder of the last
of their remains in the grave.

 

 

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Post image by Art Gallery ErgsArt – by ErgSap via Flickr

About the Author:
Portrait - Abu-yamanAbdulrahman M Abu-yaman (b. 1991) grew up in Lagos island, Nigeria and studied Economics at IBB university Lapai, Niger state. He reads anything knowledgeable and writes, especially poems. He participated in the Abuja Literary Poetry Slam in 2016. He enjoys writing Ghazal poems using ‘Rajab’ as his signature pen name. He is an amateur fashion designer and a monochrome pencil artist. He has a keen interest in martial art (Taekwondo), plus he follows sporting actions like football (Chelsea FC), Sprints (Usain Bolt) and Tennis (Roger Federer). Abu-yaman didn’t choose Poetry but rather, Poetry chose him. His poems have appeared in Kalahari Reviews, Tuck Magazine, Elsieisy blog and forthcoming in Londongrip and Lunaris reviews.

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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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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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