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Kaka said a small pine tree sprouted from
the interment of her father.
The tree broke through the thin concrete
atop the front-door grave,
life from death.

Kaka said at night, when the small generator
coughs to a stop,
she hears the whistling of the pine,
the way it pierces the newborn silence,
reminding her of the shrill cries of her father
that better forgotten night.
It’s only more rhythmic, she says,
as though death were a metronome.

Kaka said she always plays along,
sometimes on a guitar,
sometimes on a flute,
and swears that when she dies
she will return as a song.

 

 

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About the Author:

portrait-orimoloyeMoyosore Orimoloye is a poet from Akure, Nigeria, who has had his work published in The Ilanot Review, The Rising Phoenix Review, The Kalahari Review and The Best New African Poets 2015 anthology. His poem, “Love Is a Plot Device and Your Insecticide Is Not,” co-won the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award in August 2016. He is currently an Intern Pharmacist at the Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta. He tweets from @MoyoOrims.

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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.

4 Responses to “A Duet of the Going and the Gone | by Moyosore Orimoloye | African Poetry” Subscribe

  1. Mercy-Williams 2017/03/07 at 02:48 #

    Beautiful poem!… I love it

  2. Gbolahan 2017/03/07 at 08:11 #

    🙂

  3. Simzah 2017/03/09 at 03:27 #

    wow. This almost drew tears from my eyes. I love it!

  4. OlaNiran 2017/03/10 at 02:27 #

    Excellent poem. Has a very strong imagery.

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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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