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Two Poems by Elisabeth Horan


Pain is Just Another Word All this pain is icicle-white and drips in my eyes when I stare at the sun; I’m checking to see if God came back, yet somehow I already know – He didn’t. Pain is another word for a drain. Like when I watch the grey water swirl – A mini-eddy of suds and razor stubble…

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Two Poems by Okeke Nduka


Figures My happiness went dead with the Portraits in my home. We move the clock backward to take a last breath of where we left Without songs in our mouth—In silence, Meaning pictures can only get old when woes live on walls, Meaning happiness got drowned in our heart before we fall into the mouth of Pains. What the dog…

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Two Poems by Gaamangwe Joy Mogami


ORIGINS OF WOUNDS   And what if before the sadness swallows you, you remember where you hid the wounds? Would you walk back into the moving train, and rearrange the dreams, slice each one into perfect melon-sized halves, walk into the half where your mother seats looking into the horizon, searching for your face? Might you walk to her and…

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88 by Amagwula Nnenna Comfort


The number of skeletons hidden in my cupboard. 88 Half the number of femurs that pressed my body down against its will. 88 Two too little, they should have waited till I was 18. 88 Three for daddy and one for Joshua. They both said they loved me. 88 Two by two, hands push open the doors of the cupboards…

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In Our Cold Voice by Kwao Jonathan Tetteh


IN OUR COLD VOICE When our ages were older than us Like a century melt into the body of a decade that man behind our home owed an account full of wisdom, we run into his head always to sip deep and even deeper in our minds We always wonder why solitude play his symphony making his home lively to…

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Fragments by Jide Badmus


FRAGMENTS He carries in his mind Fragments of yesterday’s pain His soul is aboard a train of lingering shadows. Lingering shadows in the doorway, A dangling belt with shiny buckle. The echoes of vocal threats still reverberates in his soul     Jide Badmus was born and bred in Ilorin. He hails from Omido in Irepodun LGA, Kwara State. He…

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Two Poems by Ebenezer Adaramodu


my body is a museum my pinched body carried my feet to walk around a mirage in harmattan to burn old feelings. to fly dragons over an enemy’s body spread across head rolling over pains from the medieval age. to clap, tap celestial bodies and ask ocean for a wave over grief. history said, the palm never gave one with…

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Two Poems by Michael Ifeanyi Akuchie


To Be Brave (For Onyi) You try to wear smiles  on your face like a blanket and hope that it causes the mound of pain you feel to wither.   Onyi, when will you learn that you do not have to unscrew another woman’s light bulb to shine? You’re a world of light already. A lantern which manages to cheat…

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War by Nyamu KJ


I think even the sightless can perceive that this war of words isn’t at all my battle! For it’s indeed a tussle of a heart and mind of a true loyalist fighting scrupulously in body, speech and pen!   At present, I fully clad my garments of war, carry my firearms and be at war with these deadly viruses of…

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Rainbow by Mosobalaje M. Abimbola


Today, I saw heaven wave at me From the panes behind the shelves, In colors too heavy for the heart to turn away from. These pages are heavily stained with nostalgic ink… Red is the color of fire That brings life into the palms of an infant… Orange is how the sun rises in the eye of a boy Calling…

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