exhale (for Nkem)
your breath forms a knot
in your chest.
i have been days in deserts
& nights in caves
my soul stretches like the distance
between heaven & the fallen angel
i feel the sun falling into
a million particles of broken shadows
a star sits by the right hand of the father
& watches as i wash my sins in the flood
that broke free from the rock
i have been many things!
all i see is a grey fence at the end of the world-
there are no voices
i just want to breathe
an ocean is a body that heals every wound,
so i walk into the ocean
like a man approaching a grail,
there is no difference between an empty body
& an empty cup: its content determines
how good the movie is from the stands in heaven
the earth rotates in circles & so do we
until time seals your ventricles &
you wait at the door separating darkness from light
Stanley Princewill McDaniels is a Nigerian poet and loner currently writing from Ondo State.
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