Monday Apr 22

Ayinla Poetry Wale Ayinla writes from the ancient city of Abeokuta in Nigeria. He teaches Government at Triumph College. He is a Best of the Net Award nominee, and his recent works appear on Palette Poetry, FLAPPERHOUSE, Connotation Press, The Temz Review, SOBER., and elsewhere. He is @Wale_Ayinla on Twitter. He is the founding editor of Dwarts Magazine.

        Acceptance in a Summary

on days I move my mouth to the magnet
in the art of mother’s silence,
                                                            I [give] you my body  
            take it…
as a crust
dipped in hyssop
                                    like an embodied parable                              

                                    the way that leads to salvation;
a democracy of scars and healings
and redemption

in protest of the keyword,
the boy is a religion,                            of tangled oceans       in the hem
of the world,
he picks up his worshippers                                            in the middle of the night
in esteemed inebriation:
                                                a war leading a god into the arms
                                                of abandonment
the city reeks of war                                                                                       attached to the
             shadows of loneliness;                                                       a wallpaper of nights
             flirting       with blues and burns, assuming a rough smooch

on a waltz

in knots, while the cello reminds me of your presence,
your eyes are a lagoon
letting the birds flap their wings with innocence,
you are just temporary:
a god without a heaven. 

Tomorrow might be different
but tomorrow does not yet exist.
-Safia Elhillo

This clay built your name, and your father’s,
and your father’s father, but it is too feeble

to tether the world from plying. You grow
tusks from the prayers on the lintel of your

lips. No one is home means one won’t find
the sea yearning for voices. No one is home

means pain locks everyone out of your life.
No one is home means no one is home, and

no one will come to stay where a room is a
fork with teeth. Last Sunday, the road christened itself

a letch. You walked the garden with an axe
and, now, you expect bougainvillea where onions

stem from. You plant. You wield. You cultivate.
And baskets pull the evening into you

when you hunch. Every attempt at living is a
religion. To see death is to make grief an act of worship.

Night Dusts with Emerging Grey

A wandering strength happening
between reversed ascensions.
The kids here are given to foul clouds.
Out of a palm comes a floor of letters.
A pure white thirst going invincible.
The wind is biting my nostrils,
draining the past with new narratives.
Baba alawo mo wa bebe…Alugbinrin.
Me moving against the balcony
with fuchsia cold.
The other boy on tattered knickers
stares at the stars bleaching grace
in exchange of the paleness deserting
comprehension. I am faithful to
the wind. In my eyes are promises
loving themselves into blanket
and darkness claiming what originally
belongs to beds.