Reality

প্রকাশিত: ১২:৪৬ অপরাহ্ণ, ফেব্রুয়ারি ২৩, ২০২৪

Reality

 

(a silhouette)
Egemuze yambozibe okile

A school of tilapia sing in my head
spawning thousands of thoughts. Sometimes

these shoals of fishes
dances to the music of my rumbling stomach.

Nothing seems natural
even my tear tastes sugary. The next thing,

I’m in my solitary
inhaling the steam of my poems
boiling anger.

Anytime my wife crows inside my head
my daughter watches and learns her song
trust, she’ll sing it in her own home.

Me talking to myself on the street.

A decades later my son understands
why I returned home late everyday
carrying with me a basket of butterflies.

Life stares at me face to face
so I had no choice but to face my fears.

 

Egemuze Yambozibe Okilo was born in Ogu, Bayelsa state of Nigeria. He is the author of many books of poetry, prose and drama. His poems had been published in various international magazines, and translated into different International languages such as Bangla, Spanish, and French. He is an accomplished poets of various awards and recognitions such as a Gold Award winner in poetry.

He is currently a lecturer in the department of English Language, National Teachers Institute, Nigeria.