Anderson Moses has succeeded in breaking conventionalism in traditional poetry. His poem “I will Re-teach my Tongue how to Remember a Boy” is brewed with originality by which a modern but old story of sadness, grief, and pain is unveiled with mastery.
Kwaghkule, Jacob – Contributing Editor (Poetry)
Soon I Will Re-teach my Tongue How to Remember a Boy
The wounds i’ve healed from do not keep me up at night— I have a scar on my knees ~ Samuel Adeyemi
My father in his morning rituals,
Autographed his knees to the naked
pulpit in his silent bedroom.
That is to say— His knees & bedroom
are museums where his scars are shelved
scars that wear the skin of a cracked rainbow with pains, sadness, and grief.
in this poem, my father is a full-black-boy
clothing himself with mutilated memories
of yesteryears. Maybe, that is why i can’t decipher him from the boy in my dream last night. The boy whispered “My heart is an indigo of sadness” & each time i close my eyes to pray—I espy another calvary whimpering in me with sullen photographs like saturdays rainfall. Again, today, my body will become a little garden where words will grow to a sad banana plant. & God knows i am the joining alphabets of sadness & soon i’ll reteach my tongue how to remember a boy in his mother’s dialect. But how much clothes are enough to cover these scars? i mean the dinosaurs on my body — perhaps I doubt miracles & magic too & Sometimes I wonder if God too, doesn’t doubt my strength.
Anderson Moses (he, him, his) is a poet from a small village in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. He is currently a student of History and International Studies, at the University of Uyo. Apart from writing poetry, he is also a graphic designer.
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