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Do Not Let the Dust Force your Feet too Many Steps (A Poem) by Su’eddie Vershima Agema

Words came in a whisper
Echoed in thunder:
Do not let the dust force your feet too many steps forward
Many are the souls who sleep to wake
Across borders where the lines of existence are blurred

I was somewhere and it seemed I died
Then I woke to the sight of a ceremony
Where an aunt sat, three cherubs at her sides

The air raised my feet as I floated to her
She smiled, then passed a handkerchief
Drummers emerged from behind scenes
Black striped dancers swaying forward in snaked rhythm
Smiling to embrace this new entrant

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(From Dozie Arts)

As the dust rose, senses shouted that swange
Was a dance for the feet of mortals
I called out to grace
Then woke, to find light pouring in
And more dancers stamping outside
Inviting me to a dance…

Posted in LITERARY MISSIONARY, POETRY

Dance amongst the Hurricanes (A Poem) by Fubaraibi Anari Benstowe

The fires that could not consume us
Made our bones metals
This is how boys are forged into men

The world is for tungsten hearts
Men who dare their beast in the  face
And carry their mountains in baskets

The world is for those who dance
In gatherings of hurricanes
And still survive its suffocation.

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THE UNTOLD PRAYERS OF A MAIDUGURIAN MALLAM (A POEM) by Abdulbaki A Ahmad

O the Just Judge, master of these semiconducting troglodytes,
O the master of cockroaches and rats, the maker of penises that’d
Only sleep in a cold, unripened hearth of immature girls
O the sculptor of death whose buttocks are blacker than the Haramist flag,
master of my mother’s gasp, the dexterous planner of her fragile eyes

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Posted in CHEVENING, POETRY, POETRY FROM THE WORLD, WORKSHOP

YOU HAVE WRITER’S BLOCK BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOURSELF PERMISSION: NICK MAKOHA AND ANOTHER OXFORD EXPERIENCE

The question of writer’s block is one that most writers face, discuss and just make a million excuses of. Several people have given their reasons for why it is there, explaining in scientific and ordinary terms but on January 16th, 2019 at Nick Makoha’s workshop in Oxford – which I attended – we got another view to it.

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Posted in ESSAYS AND LITERARY JOURNEYS, LITERARY MISSIONARY, POETRY

KWAME DAWES’S WITNESS TO POETRY

It isn’t always one wakes up in Oxford or to a day when you would attend Kwame Dawes’s poetry workshop. But that was the case on this fine Saturday, 1st December, 2018. The clouds were gloomy but that was the least of my concerns. I had spent the night in the town after coming in from Brighton the previous day. Kwame had had a reading, followed by a showcase of the African Poetry Book Fund books. It was fun but that is story for another day.

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FOREVER AND AGAIN (A LOVE POEM)

Every day rises with a pain
Sometimes deep, at other times just plain
Absence in that missing part of the soul
We are never whole
And wake up each day, nursing the hole
That our missed rib strikes into our heartsR2-on-a-cloud

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building memories by su’eddie vershima agema

i build memory
one block tenderly placed on another
of love and disaster; right steps and wrong songs
time cementing each with sorrows savoured, lessons learnt

slowly, materials disintegrate
shattering what once was me

the years wither to dust
and I am left to start building afresh
lost in sands that have become my now

 

 

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  • Su’eddie Vershima Agema (First published in Ake Review 2016)