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THREE POEMS

 

By E. E. Sule

 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010.

 

 

Chaos and clairvoyance

 

Supposed we are all blind

Lured by cataract melodies

 

Supposed we pick our steps

In rhythm with the forestick

 

Supposed we linger along

Spicy sun, minty moon

 

Supposed we are suddenly crippled

But legs fail to spring from heads

 

Supposed we are static

Red minus amber minus green

 

Supposed chaos lengthens into clairvoyance.

 

Cohabitation

 

cohabitation is mental, dis(re)memory, menial. beneath h(i)eaps of robust brainwork.

first: rental fleshes, illegal feelings, extra-judicial surrenders, carefree immersions

second: into the legitimacy of emotion all will flow. cohabitation is spice of life. it is!

 

and the fleshes         ahead of souls shall be united.

they shall redeem heart    and reason and age.

they shall lisp like in-            fants, lap like rolling river.

eagerly outraged sel-            ves, liminal enunciation. light!

and shall flow in shif-           ty rhythms, cerebral nothings.

not seeds, nor seed-            lings. not carapaced moans.

subtle, sublime com-   m-   union. cohabitation is spice of life!

            just a poem written on honeycomb.

 

If you

 

If you’re tickled – you’re discerning

And feel the tender hands of the moon

Seeking your hip bones…

 

If you feel cuddled in the luminous arms of the sun

Hide-seeking through the tapestry of the clouds

If you see silence beckoning…

 

If your steps feel confident like the stare of the rock

And African hills will embrace each syllable of your laughter

If echoes lust after your voice…

 

If naming and narration are basics of your brain

And your tongue is brave to behead ideologies

If you see questions longing for embrace…

 

If you smell the wasted blood of the world

Or the stench of butchered, rotten nations…

 

If you detect the poisoned arrows

In each word, each phrase, the entire mouthed language

 

If you hit your epiphany, clear and clairvoyant,

That you’re but your destroyer…

 

©E. E. SULE 2010

E.E Sule is an academic and writer. His work include The Agatu Culture: Songs and Dances (2002, a study of oral poetry); Impotent Heavens (2004, a collection of short stories); Knifing Tongues (2005, a volume of poetry); The Writings of Zaynab Alkali (2005, a critical work, co-authored with Umelo Ojinmah); Naked Sun (2006, a volume of poetry); and Dream and Shame (2006, a collection of short stories). He is awaiting the publication of a new novel.

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