Adamu Yahuza is a budding poet and spoken word artist from Kwara State, Nigeria. His poem, ‘Catalogue of memories’ has been nominated by Oneblackboylikethat Review for 2023 best of the Net Prize.
A stranger once knocked on our door & went with my voice
watch a man fall off like a deciduous leaf / like a fraying nylon
i watch my prayers fall off from the crevices of my
there is something about this body, something that keeps entering me into room I’d never know of its outlet
& I keep searching for peace with my body broken
piece by piece
I keep opening doors to grief
tonight, I do not want to open the Quran and recede into my shadow
neither do I want to see in it a strange God
all I ever quest for is a salvation from this grief hanging on my neck like a medal
how do I tell the Imaam that my imaan keeps shrinking every second?
the last time a stranger knocked on our door
I stare at him like one watching a silent foreign movie
without a subtitle
this entity can’t even answer waalaykum salam
how do I see God without walking the path of cactuses?
I besiege to grief to breathe
I cling on the thorns of cactuses
I lay on the bed reading the poems written with the
letters of the dead.
it’s Eid & my brother’s breathe keep raging my heart like a wildfire
his face spread forth on the canvass of the sky
dear lord, I hope this reaches you— grant this black
boy some space to reform my body leaks everything it ever hold
including the prayers
& how you kissed my brother to dust.
Adamu Yahuza is a budding poet and spoken word artist from Kwara State, Nigeria. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in Synchronized Chaos, Angel Rust, Kalahari Review, Ngiga Review, Arkorewrites, Konyashamsrumi, Arts Lounge, Teenlit journal, Pine Cone Review, and elsewhere. His poem, ‘Catalogue of memories’ has been nominated by Oneblackboylikethat Review for the 2023 best of the Net Prize. He is a lover of books and flavored tea. When not writing, he reads other poets and creatives or he is stuck in the daydreams of kemanji-his hometown- how to transform into one of the most renowned cities in the world.
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