On the shelf of solitude,
silence is a book,
with black & white pages,
telling stories which died
on their way to the village square;
like that of Enem Ogodoo,
the one who spent a lifetime,
oiling a flute which would
play the first note of her dirge.
See, motherhood is not a place
for a woman who wants no stain,
for if she escapes the stain of blood,
breast milk will stain her,
& if she escapes the stain of tears
sweat will stain her.
Ill-fated Enem Ogodoo escaped none!
When we heard that her son, Ijachi,
who was but a baton in the hands of
medicine men, had crawled to his grave,
we knew she lost a five year battle,
one that she fought, only armed with love.
Everyone, with basins of condolences,
we assembled at her hut to wipe her tears,
but this morning, she was gone!
the night swallowed her.
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We don't know one writer who has so mastered rejection that s/he doesn't feel bad when a new rejection letter arrives inbox.
True that editors are becoming kinder and picking their words carefully to ensure they do not crush a potentially great writer whose talent is just in its budding stage, but rejection hurts, anyway!
We guess it makes the writer think back on how much time they spent working on a particular piece. The research. The reshaping of characters. The editing of hundreds of sentences. And all these make it even more difficult to swallow.
But then, your "best" might just not be what such and such editor wants. This is why every writer must be patient with themselves because what you consider your best just might be like the prodigal son who left home with everything and returned with nothing.
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"...but sometimes, the sky breaks into dawn with the proclamation of
thunderclaps & gloomy downpours, instead of the gaiety of sunshine,
as if to say that it, too, is still learning the art of joyfulness."
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Every line of these poems is embroidered with mesmerizing metaphors. The poet @AyooluwaOlasupo shares what we would like to call a personal documentary of her journey to healing. In all, her poetry is full of hope and promise. https://eboquills.com/2020/11/19/two-poems-by-nigerian-poet-ayooluwa-olasupo/
Mustapha Enesi's (@Enesi_Is_Fine) story, TRISHA is a sizzling short story. It makes a worthy read for the adventurous. So, if you love adventures, don't sleep on this one!
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