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How I Relearn Chemistry

The night gathers & howls
at my soul
Reminds me all the darkness
I keep dissolving into.

I drag my feeble body close to
this truth, You are the salt of the earth.
Hold my breath. & let it
tattoo me again & again.

I keep dissolving into this
darkness in vain
I’ll crawl out of its clutch as crystals.





Adesina Ajala is a Nigerian Medical doctor who shares his time between treating sick children and creative writing. He desires to grow roots in the loam of the pen and stethoscope and doesn’t know how he would fare, but he believes in journeying, in possibilities and in the divine. His works have featured in Writers Space Africa, The Wild Word, The Quills, Featiler Rays, Eboquills, Brave Voices Poetry Journal, Parousia, AFAS Review, Libretto Magazine, and elsewhere. He was co-winner TSWF Writers Prize (2018), the recipient of Freedom Voices Poetry Writing Prize (2019), co-winner Monus Anthology Top 7 Entries (2019), and winner Splendors of Dawn Poetry Foundation (January, 2020).

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