liquid memories


when you hold a memory for too long
it melts.
your lover’s face disfigured by fantasy
you wish for rain,
a flood, search for a vein in the belly
of the earth
somewhere to bury your face as you feign remembrance

pain is easier to remember
easier to cultivate with broken thumbs

you pick a pebble and wash until
it begins to shed skin
you touch your nipple with hot iron
mark yourself for death

death burns into memory
burns memory

the head is a tank filled with sharks
hunting happy memories
wiping them off like handwriting on a mirror
until sorrow is clearly seen

day by day, you are transformed
into the image in the laboratory, a skeleton
meat leaves your bones like perturbed flies

you skin learns flight
by watching memories die
diluted, levitating into the sky
to become rain



Olawale Ibiyemi is a young poet, currently an Accounting student of Babcock University, Nigeria. He writes from Sango-Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. His poem was shortlisted for the Ken Egba Prize For Festival Poetry 2017. Some of his poems will also appear in the Best New African Poets 2017 Anthology to be published in 2018. Olawale writes non-fiction too, and can only be enticed with a cup of ice-cream, chocolate flavour.

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