Poetry by Akor Emmanuel Oche

January 13, 2024
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Three PoemsBy Akor Emmanuel OcheFriday, February 10, 2017.DÁDÁforte et forte,ash to ash. cremated,dust to dust. sentBy ill winds blowing without direction;we commit thee to mother earth,a blossoming flower stampededby the foots of thy kindred spirit.you came again,(but stayed a bit longer than usual,maybe for the love you foundin this den of comic memories)to laugh at our existence;enigmas of vanity,to laugh at how we touch this body,thy body, as a celestial mediathat commune with erstwhile beings,and now after beating her frail being;emblem of childbirth, cicatrixof sons who never cross the twentieth mark– to the age long dance,you have gone,gone to return once againas the child with cursed tassels for hairs.ROBBED OF CHILDHOODtoo many sunrise and nights in darkness,i have become a metaphor for dumb meneating in silence, words falling from gluttonous lipstoo many nights and i hack back to lost dayswhen at twelve, i became a man for the family.father’s exist left for us all,a pool to fill withwaters fetched from years of struggles.seven years after a robbed childhood,seven stolid years down this forlorn road—i am still here sulking in silence.it hasn’t gotten any better yet; it never does.ENKÁREthere is madness in every drop of water thattouches the skin.i never knew love was this skidding.i heard blue dreams are envisioned from wideopened eyes,so if tomorrow you come again into my fantasies,i would hold your hands and lead you to the topof a mountain,to crown you queen of my heart.ENKÁRE! the ebony woman who glitters like gold,the ebony woman who dazzles on a roll.Akor Emmanuel Oche is a Nigerian poet, critic,essayist and thinker. His poems have been published or forthcoming in Ann Arbor Review, Pyrokinection, Mamba Journal for Africa Haiku, Synchronized Chaos Magazine, Greysparrow Press, Poeticdiversity, Pengician, Tuck Magazine, Praxis magazine, Savehage Review, Expound Magazine, AFAS Review among others.

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