In antediluvian mathematics, one black
body equals a ship + half a distant country
across the shores
– Chiwenite Onyekwelu
the man woke up and found himself
within the siege of a sea.
his eyes threaded through the bodies of other
slaves on the ship sprawled and chained, waiting
and praying silently, patiently for a sudden miracle.
he whispered to a man beside him whose bruised lips resembled
the jagged roads of an impoverished city: where is my wife?
the man looked pitifully at his eyes, pleading to be pardoned
like a father telling his child to forgive him of being incapacitated to rescue
its mother from the chokehold of a war.
they gave her to the tempest to still the ship, he answered.
a tear escaped his eye and like oil slipping out of a palm,
his soul deserted his windpipe.
another white head said, toss him overboard like his wife.
the other black chattels petitioned to God in quietude
like the stillness of a moonlit night
to rid them of this transcendence, knowing their bodies are outcasts
in the cities ahead, waiting menacingly to whittle them into dust.
since to be black in the land ahead is like pests
trying to erupt chaos in a vegetable garden.
COMMENTS ( 11 ) -
Adeshi Onani December 07, 2021 11:51
Your diction is so so powerful. You choose your words well. I love this!
Favour Oladejo October 04, 2021 03:42
"...a tear escaped his eye and like oil slipping out of a palm,his soul deserted his windpipe" You weave words powerfully,brother.
Olubukola Alabi October 04, 2021 02:35
Beautifully crafted. The Atlantic ocean can be likened to our very own country.
Meredith Asuru October 02, 2021 15:15
This is brilliant. Elegantly crafted.
Meredith Chiwenkpe Asuru September 23, 2021 05:52
The words are cutting, and clear. But it is/was always a pity that they petitioned in quietude. Pain over pain. I weep already. Good writing.
Abdulbasit Toriola September 22, 2021 10:33
Clear. Beautiful. Interlaced.
Adegunlola Ganiyat September 21, 2021 04:51
Intriguing really ...
Adegunlola Ganiyat September 21, 2021 04:47
well done... Congratulations
Omodero David Oghenekaro September 20, 2021 15:46
Your work is beautiful, Eniola Congrats again
Abdulkareem Abdulkareem September 20, 2021 12:29
This is beautiful, brother!!
Muiz Opeyemi Ajayi September 20, 2021 01:57
This is succinct!