Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 3,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

383114734_f1a7af403e_b

I am a heart collector

Hanging the artefacts of every misadventure
Now my walls groan
Under the weight of each pain I’ve created

Mathew,
The room you made for me was too small
I was too tall for the bed you laid for me

Mark
I am not worth your ‎tears
I am not worth your sleepless nights

Luke,
This anger will corrode ‎ your mind
Selling our story to press won’t make you rich

Dear John,
Forgive me‎ but I waited for you to evolve
Not many women know how to mother grown men

I am a collector of hearts
Haunted by the relics of each misadventure
And  nightly, my walls weep
For every pain I’ve created

 

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

Image by Natalie Hegert via Flickr.

About the Author:

Portrait - UcheomaUcheoma O‎nwutuebe is a Nigerian writer whose works have been published in Litmagazine,Australia,The Sentinel Nigeria,Y!Naija and other national dailies. She blogs at www.ucheomaonwutuebe.blogspot.com.

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.

4 Responses to “Heart Collector | by Onwutuebe Ucheoma | African Poetry” Subscribe

  1. Oyin Oludipe 2015/01/14 at 10:22 #

    My very-cherished Uche…

  2. Carl Terver 2015/01/14 at 14:03 #

    Though very good at prose your poetry is, it has this liquidity about it.

  3. Salisu 2015/01/14 at 14:38 #

    I like it.

  4. enock 2016/10/10 at 07:57 #

    good poetry for sure

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.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

This Mournable Body, the Last Book in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Tambudzai Trilogy, is Here

this mournable body - tsitsi dangrembga

This Mournable Body, the last book in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s trilogy which includes the modern classic Nervous Conditions (1988) and The Book of […]

Five Beautiful Acts of Generosity by African Writers

yewande omotoso, karen jennings, noviolet bulawayo

In the midst of the pressure to deliver under that heavy tag “African Writer,” in the back and forth between […]

Watch the Trailer for the Stage Adaptation of Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen

the fishermen copy

In May of 2017, we announced preparations for the stage adaptation of Chigozie Obioma’s debut novel The Fishermen. Later in […]

Apply to the Write with Style Workshop with Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

Write with Style flyer

Words run the world: On the internet, and in novels, magazines, films, songs, and even love letters. How do you […]

Fred Khumalo on His Novel, Dancing The Death Drill, and the Resurgence of Historical Fiction

fred khumalo

Fred Khumalo’s 2017 novel Dancing The Death Drill is based on the sinking World War I warship, the SS Mendi. Tasked with transporting […]

South Sudanese Poet Marial Awendit Wins 2018 Babishai-Niwe Poetry Award

bn poetry pic

Marial Awendit, from South Sudan, emerges winner in the #Babishai2018 prize pic.twitter.com/i9jXUDYj6d — #Babishai2018 (@BNPoetryAward) August 5, 2018 South Sudanese […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.