There’s a heap of charcoaling lyrics at the fireplace.
My father said it is the remains of a burning song,
The one which caught fire in a boy’s mouth,
When he stood on the assembly ground
And sang our national anthem.
These days, mom sits by the fire and counts the smoke
Until her eyes become two rivers, Benue and Niger-
Where death rows its boat with a grin and a gun,
From which the blood-stained bullets came .
My brother’s shrieks slices through the thick darkness
And mum whispers, “the way they spell ‘hell’
‘bombs’, ‘bullets’, ‘swords’ and ‘fire’
Is the way we now spell ‘home’”
About The Author
E. Ogwiji is a Nigerian creative writer and Agriculturist who has lived most of her life in Benue State, Nigeria which has been violently attacked by the nomadic Fulani herdsmen. Her writings have appeared in the Upper Room Devotional, Writers Space Africa, Gyroscope Review, among others.
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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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