Paths and Other Poems by Ugochukwu Nwafor

Ugochukwu Nwafor


Woods and termites, reverence and profanity,
Of godship, of glory and nothingness.
When those sacral relics commences a siege on
My spirit, I hope the termites have found a haven on your doorstep.
I, happily beleaguered—the wood, yearning for worms from time unknown,
Creeping like shape-shifter’s shadow, look, it has slipped in.

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A River of Honey and Other Poems

A River Of Honey

This love is an Enugu themed
story of survival;
of weeds growing
through cracks in concrete pavements.
Its words are melodies
and its voice is a crushed
For in bars
painted the silent colours
of cobalt blue,
it crouches in corners blowing smoke,
trying to quench fires.
This love is a river of
honey filled with thorns,
filled with picture frames of men
burning in a sea of rubber,
men embalmed in blood
from the marrow of their own bones;
those that held it in the dark
and twisted it till
their souls snapped
and ice poured from the
hollow sockets of their eyes.
This love is a man
filled with keyless symphonies,
engorged with the cheers of mobs
as they watch him burn
in front of his mother.
This love is a boy
crying on the bank of
a running river,
all his life.

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