this is how they become the water that sink their boats

this is how they become the water that sink their boatseveryone was happy,she was the only sad one, a stroll to the marketno negotiation neededshe bought, made a knotand dangled lifeless before dawn loved ones had to untieboth ends of the ropeand live with the tragedy he can’t trace the source of his sadnessnone could […]

Ediye Series || Let Me Caress You With My Eyes

Ediye Series: Let Me Caress You With My Eyes whenever i look you in the eyei see a ray of sunshinestreaming down on mewith joy and laughterbut there’s more that I’m after let me caress you with my eyes,ediye mmi whenever i let my fingers wanderdown south your country sideyou glow resplendenceand welcome my prying […]

mma nwanyi

mma nwanyi mma nwanyi is not in her apparel,in her voluptuousness,or the way she makes her hair,it’s in imagery of her poems mma nwanyi is not in the winks of her eyes,or in the wiggles of her hips,mma nwanyi is found in the chambers of her hearttherein resides subliminal bliss mma nwanyi is not in her […]

Guitar Girl

Guitar Girl in the strings of the guitarist i hear an erotic charm flood my ears with the aroma of melody she’s a player with trembling hands she pulls one nerve end strikes the other caresses the next fingers the other and a harmony of symphonies erupts like drips and drops of oil on my […]

Racism Is Madness

Racism Is Madness No sane earthling judges a car by the colour of it’s body but by the durability of it’s engine and whatever specs that lies in the inside and powers the car.  Humans are like cars, Lexus jeeps of different colour shades. Some black, some blue, some white, some ash, some a mix […]

Coffee

her lips tastes like coffee it’s in how the taste of coffee lingers on my lips whenever she pouts, that draw me into her tulipslike a butterfly craving nectar it’s in how she holds my hands, whenever mine clasps hers,her long ebony fingersnestled in the fair warmth of mine,that makes us blend like milk dropsin […]

The Circle of Life | Stefn Sylvester Anyatonwu

POEM 323: THE CIRCLE OF LIFE chickens still wait for cornby the door of my granny’s kitchen,where sun once rose with a daughterin skin of gold, and set with a son,with silvery dreams little girls still dance in twilight,clad in the nakedness of innocence,their chests bare, where breasts ought to be,their scarves wild, flowing in […]

For Ese, Ochanya And Others We’d Never Know | Stefn Sylvester Anyatonwu

POEM 306: FOR ESE, OCHANYA AND OTHERS WE’D NEVER KNOW deliberately, light and divinity stood aloofwhile darkness and evil plucked her fruit,shredded her leaves,crushed her flowers,separated her root from earth’s hold:what was lost was not a child,but innocence and humaneness. mankind could only burst tear ducts,embalm her remains, like starving babies wail,be clad in black […]

For Tydale | Stefn Sylvester Anyatonwu

POEM 305: FOR TYDALE beads encircle the waist of mother earth,each bead spells Africawith a portrait of Tydale in between. at times she could be so cutting,wafting through a mangrove of men. pray tell, do you recall that pale,flat-chested girl who danced in the rain? you called her a floating dreambut she became the lady […]

For The Girl Child | Stefn Sylvester Anyatonwu

POEM 282: GIRL CHILD (for the international day of the girl child)to star on her hero stagesother than scar her beautiful what sin is it? to wish our girls what I wish our boys what sin is it? to sing same solemn songs to her,which we whisper to our boys what sin is it? to […]

Night Is A Woman | Chukwu, Emmanuel C

NIGHT IS A WOMAN Sometimes, you may not understand, Why you wake up to a familiar touch, Yet having no memory of falling asleep. You’re asking your mother of this warmth when, You seek after this woman. Today, she is with you and in you; wearing black, You’re leaving your house and, Moving outside your […]

Black Beauty of Africa – Odigili Henry

This is a poem written in admiration of  woman, a masterpiece of God creative work and a real symbol of black beauty. The writer was inspired by her beauty and the diligence of every black beauty of Africa. He is dedicating this poem to all women pursuing Godly lifestyles. BLACK BEAUTY OF AFRICA In your pictorial […]

Of Misogyny and Whatever | Stefn Sylvester Anyatonwu

POEM 170: OF MISOGYNY AND WHATEVER In the world of man, the other has no say, It’s an ancient ritual, she bears the blame. Wasn’t Eden immaculate before she splashed the stain? So he stands saint like a paradox of pain! From faith, to fear, to what she should She’s made to believe to be […]

Phoetry | For Ude Ugo

For Ude Ugo Let the mirror tell of thine beautiful soul and not thine veiled visage Stand where true reflections sets thee above old wives tales about thee. Hear it when the harp in thy sad footfalls joins the orchestra of nature at the stream side. In mud, on marble Be spent on this quest […]

Phoetry | For AJ Uyo

For AJ Uyo Be still though thy tears Tries to flood thee away Kneel in the clay, pray away thine cares Knead thy troubles into a lay. Say to thyself before a looking glass “I shall trust the winds with my darned mast” If thou weepest in sorrow to part Know thee thine eyes only […]

Phoetry | For Yetunde Morenikeji

For Yetunde Morenikeji  I can tell, so tell your hands are weary from holding swords that it cannot hold the pen to write your story Fret no more for I found all that’s unwritten in a manuscript with your name not on papyrus, parchment nor papers but upon hearts of men told by their tears […]

Phoetry | For Gloria Obi Etim

For Gloria Obi Etim You are not feeble though you cannot fly where destiny calls now. You’re strong keeping the picture in your mind the blessed season will sort out from the dust when it rides by in the winds in the eyes of the world. Sceptres were first ploughs my beloved Look back not […]

Phoetry | For Oluwafunmilayo Ojeniyi

For Oluwafunmilayo Ojeniyi Is it not from the blood of a bleeding soul the balm is found? Know you not to be a jar of Gilead’s balm thou must be cracked? The breath to the dying The shoulders for the weeping The hope to the sighing The truth to the one caught in the web […]

Phoetry | Acrostic For Iheanachor Adanna Amarachi

Acrostic For Iheanachor Adanna Amarachi Ink may with words Not paint richly thine Scars still feeding Painfully on thy joy Is it not from thine storm Raging within that thou wilt hear the waves call Aloud to Thee to lord over fear? Is it not On this sinking ground the Nations will Ask enthralled, ” […]

Phoetry | For Okoro Hannah Ozioma

For Okoro Hannah Ozioma Real fiends, fake friends Real thorns, false roses. Would one tell truly thy tale if it were inked by thine tears? When thine heart gets sick of poetry in the sky With thine head down write a lyric on the earth for heaven to sing over you “Love will find the […]