Three Poems – Tariq Agboola

Reaching God

In the silence of dawn, the adhan calls this body.
I feel God’s lips kissing my heart to renew my faith, so I
sit in a corner beside my shadow where my hands receive dua
from the edges of my mouth. I urge to pluck the moon for God to see
where this body lies, where the devil hides under the cloak of
my dark skin. I pick a rosary and repeat God's name
till my voice breaks, still, the pieces ring in my head telling
me other names of God. The sun breaks through the darkness and
there’s a vale in-between that separates my ego from myself. Like
a dark boy who just washed away his s(k)in, I could feel His presence
in the veil of my body which has turned a sacrifice for reincarnation.

Night of a thousand tears

the night when the day never comes       the moon is a witness       sky is black

the cloud is smoke     the earth dampened in lava      in blood     in tears      the earth

wilting     & wilting      with cracks swallowing     the weight of empty bodies      of

mothers    stripped to the womb    of men     ripped of their ribs      of bodies

disfigured    of children    posed with    their kidneys in their mouths    the night

when the moon never leaves   when the earth quakes    mountains drop   rivers stop

and lightning cries     and strikes    the feet[defeat] of aggressors.    spares pierced

in bloody guts     missed spares pierced     in rotten stems     something dies either

way   the night   when the moon is a witness    of pain    buried     in the wounds of

the earth      the night     when scavengers feast & lick the mud     the night    when it

stays dark    when the day never comes.

Agboola Tariq A. is an unfolding poet from Western Nigeria & a student of law in the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He explores in his writings, possibilities, self revelations & anything that exists. He is a lover of arts & drama. Twitter: @Agboola_Tariq_A

Banner Art: Sunset #4, a visual poem by Robert Frede Kenter (c) 2023. Twitter: @frede_kenter. IG: @r.f.k.vispocityshuffle

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