Nweke Benard Okechukwu is a Nigerian poet and cosmetician. He has works in TOLTED house, Muse house, Sixthfinch, Eboquills, New Yorker, & others.
Autograph of July
& we are collecting the first rain with
between the beginning & end of the year,
you stand to strap your coffin.
do you care how a widow rotates on a night
large bed alone?
in this poem, your wife is a black pencil on a
map. tracing the origin to where the knife
separated your throat from your body
like point-&-kill catfishes.
listen, she soils herself around the compound
towards the veranda, & swears to jump into
six feet abyss with you.
until a wake-up call of the ambush,
i melt into canned butter in the oven.
because yesterday, i wrote your kinsmen adieu.
& again, you stare at us in a cold bed.
& this is me wearing fresh grief as an apron
hopeless is how a man folds himself in a
rectangular box & journeys without promises of homecoming.
They say it’s the norm for children to shovel
their father dust, but what can the tiny fingers
carry in the iron contest?
i swear if i must lend cloth,
i must keep away this funeral black vest;
hang it as a bar across our threshold.
it’s one way to remember a father journeys
through night mob attack & not yet return.
Nweke Benard Okechukwu is a Nigerian poet. He writes from the metropolitan city of Onitsha where he studies Mass Communication at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka in Anambra State. He’s also a promising cosmetician. His works have appeared/ are forthcoming in TOLTED house, Muse house, Sixthfinch, Eboquills, New Yorker, & others.
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