Chima Christopher brews beauty in his poem. With lines clear as the first ray of the morning sun, the poet sends home his message without ambiguity. In “Red Twilight” the persona hopes that only death separates him from his lover. This poem is a compendium of love’s most realistic tales told in one elegant piece. Kudos to Chima.Kwaghkule Jacob, Contributing Editor (Poetry).
I’ve longed to love you
to hold and to kiss you
and I would have,
if the world was a bit different
If dawn never broke
if the moon was all the light we had
If the ocean held my weight
and I could run across the Atlantic
If money grew on trees
and gold on the flowers in my backyard
If breasts didn’t sag
and death couldn’t promise to do us part…
My poor heart,
Our poor hearts…
I’ve learned to look the other way
every time the clouds paint your face
and the birds sing your name
This world was not made for love
if it doesn’t end in pain
It’ll end in the grave…
Chima Christopher is Nigerian and has walked this planet for 24 years. His poetry has been featured in the African Writers Review and Afritondo. He dreams of owning real estate on the moon and listens to Taylor Swift every chance he gets. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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