Tajudeen Muadh Akanbi is a poet from Osun State, Nigeria. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in African Literary Magazine, Wax Poetry Magazine, icreatives Review, and elsewhere.
For Father, A Threnody
father, the day you closed your eyes and refused to open it, i felt my bone crease into pulps, i was silent like the lifelessness in you.
i tried finding it in a painting, which you hung in your room/ in this poem/ in the bottles i drank/ in cigarettes & women who talked like waves on oceans and left me with voidness and macabre silence.
there’s nothing that smells like pain & tears, everything i’ve held says a question that pushes me into the afterlife to seek an answer from you. here, lost in gardens that tend only sorrows, i walk, searching for voices that will remove the dampness in me.
… sometimes, i travel to the past, to look at the wrinkles in your face & palm asking a question about how your death leads to the death of everything that has meaning to me.
Tajudeen Muadh Akanbi is a poet from Osun State, Nigeria, his works have appeared or are forthcoming in different literary magazines such as African Literary Magazine, Wax Poetry Magazine, icreatives Review, Spill Words, Synchronized Chaos, and elsewhere. He is a member of HCAF (Hilltops Creative Arts Foundation) and a member of the Northern Writer’s Forum.
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