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Such a halo of gloom
walks about with me this day.
Like a thick fog of rainless cloud, getting thicker
and heavier with every passing second.
It robes me with the splendor of guilt and pain
leaving me calm and clammy.
So much have I battled to strip it off me that
I have no strength left to contend. Like a lonely root in search of water in a desert place,
today my soul wanders through many painful years. And now I can’t tell:
were they really pains?
Or ornamental paint that left my brush disgusting
albeit painting my story beautiful.
I dare not think any further.
My brain aches and
the back of my head weighs heavier,
I do not want to lose my mind.

 

 

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TMPDOODLE1481886032087Ajah Henry is a medical student in the University of Benin, Nigeria.

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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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