She would open her eyes, gently
and wish the moon blind,
the wave would not whisper today
must not hum her eulogies,
must not remind her of her sons
lost in the teeth of a storm
and her husband lost in the field of Biafra;
thus, she’d mould her heart out
into a stone of fire,
and dive into the Niger river.
Years later, it’d be the tongue of Niger,
hurling hum in knitted waves
the soft canticle of a golden creature
slipping through neon nights,
staying akimbo in the dead of silence.
Mothers would spreen a song, a folksong
fathers would would clay sculptures
of a woman too sacred for homes,
too sacred for hearts,
too sacred not to sit in museum or shrines…
there’d be a stretch of Hurly-burly:
a brawl of a storm drenching innocent cities.
we’d tell it’s the prophecy,
it’s the words of the dibia breaking oceans
when he said:
“Her ghost will visit again.”
We’d later make her a deity –
another sort of godly myth.
The body of a god
how men held the tails of gods
in the trails of a deserted ships
when blood was fire & war was water
breaking into every ocean with a glare
with a sword, a brand of ogun
with a gun, the fierceness of sango
how these men said
they’re the origins of rivers
Today, I met a boy in my school, legs folded
a bottle of water at his reach. He’s a fish.
Shy, slippery, shiny, glowy. His eyes ember
as coals. there’s a quill in his mouth. A gash.
I thought of reincarnation. Of mythologies.
Of Folktales. Of healing. My mother said
‘There’s healing in rivers.”
What did she mean?
Your name is what?
I reached for a smile where it seemed absent
and a frown crawled upon my face
“The sea is on my side,” a cackle. Another cackle.
I searched his eyes and saw myths broken
finding home in the psycho of a boy.
* ogun– According to folktale, ogun is the god of iron.
**sango– A god said to emit fire when vexed– god of thunder and lightning.
***Osungbemi– the river goddess is on my side.
About the Poet
Nome Patrick is a writer, poet and deep thinker who’s crazy about children, women and arts. His chapbook is set to release soon.