We’ve learned how to die. Each. In a unique splendor. Like, my father who died walking with his head down and legs up. His face was blood stained and smiling. He must have thought himself funny. Boom. That was the sound of the American certified polished pistol he got from only God knows where. It must be that. The whole room laughed. He died almost the way he came. The new trend. My brother died at the age of three. He played with his mates outside for long and then cried, passed out a hot piss and fell with his face hitting the ground. My sister who was married a year ago, took in. We drank Hennessy and Champagne. She walked down to the labor room jugging on her hands and cussing her paternal grandmother for leaving the world before her birth. Push. She screamed: is it coming? And died hoping to have a boy. Mother, is far gone from the scene. She’s gonna smoke all up packets of Amsterdam. Drink liquor to stupor. She can’t breathe no more. Sure. She will bury herself. She always did. We’ve learned how to die. Each. In a unique splendor. Like, me as I am. I will look through the window. Call at an owl’s house, say hello and sleep.
About the Author:
Akpa Arinzechukwu is a Nigerian born photographer and poet. His works have appeared or will feature on Eastlit, Kalahari Review, Poetry life and Times, and elsewhere.
COMMENTS ( 11 ) -
Yusuf maikobi July 04, 2016 16:05
Wow! Nice one bro, really a nice piece! Keep up the good work
Amaka Anozie July 04, 2016 11:43
Yes sir. You and I will die, one day, some day. No sir. We learn to die by living well.
Ujugina July 04, 2016 03:55
U are wonderful my dear keep it up,d lord will keep on strengthening u
Ujugina July 04, 2016 03:43
U are wonderful my dear keep it up,d lord will on strengthening u
Alonso Ruubio July 04, 2016 02:13
thats a good poem , life is a precious thing that everybody will like to have it forever but we must learn and recognize we are going to face our ends at different ways
Amos Onyinye July 03, 2016 16:11
You captured the old n what will never be old...the world from the then till the now...nice piece
Joan July 03, 2016 14:07
Great poem though pitiful, Arinzechukwu keep up the good work
Kingsley July 03, 2016 09:14
A Pathetic piece
Arua victor July 03, 2016 08:20
Am mind blown
chinenye July 01, 2016 03:40
Wowing n deep
Uzodinma Okpechi July 01, 2016 03:18
Ainehi, glad to be here. Am loving it. Uzodinma, filmmaker.