The Dark Poet’s poems- “Uninvited Guest” and “Past glory” – are lamentations of untimely encounter with death. Written in honor of victims of fate, these poems contain ‘graphic pictures’ of how people stepped out armed with hopes and dreams only to meet death.
Kwaghkule Jacob Contributing Editor (Poetry)
for the late Princess Cooper
before the sun could take its seat,
the bed vomited her beautiful body,
with the day’s agenda in mind,
she took off sleep stains
a comb ran through her soft hair,
her perfume scent captured the air,
coated her skin with cream,
& sought one of her dresses
readying to face the new day
this was how life was squeezed out of her:
& bestfriend answered
they’re killing me here!
garment stained with blood
she came down the stairs of death
like murder in the cassava patch
death crept under her sleeves;
her life was smashed
like thief in the night
visits without being invited
as the heavy downpour
that boycotts its due season
untimely, she kissed death’s ugly teeth
& there she was
on a cold cement floor
life stepped out of her
& scrolled to the end of her chapter.
i swear to the air i breathe, i know grief;
while learning how to walk, pain marked my skin
my ears heard a choir of guns sing from birth
& the congregation of people felt never to rise again
i didn’t tell my little brother how dad’s jaw kissed gun but
each time i see a happy family,
i think of how childbirth caused my mother’s early death
my dad too, falling prey to illness
these memories made me look insane
& pushed me to question God
i tried to cover my leaking skin by dressing in laughter
but my scars are seen deep in my eyes
i face the wall whenever i cry to hide my tears
from my little brother’s sight
we moved from place to place like in the times of war; people kicking us out
i only hope my little brother will be as Job
The Dark Poet, born Emmanuel G G Yamba, is an emerging writer with an emphasis on poetry. His works have been published and forthcoming in Spillword, WSA, Synchronize Chaos, Agape Review, and elsewhere.
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