Memory as a mirror for grief
Blue smoke lingers beneath a spilled pot
of rice. in the distance a house is holding it’s ash with both hands; offering a resurrection
Yesterday my brother’s small feet danced and
danced, and mimicked a leaf floating
in the music of wind. His cackles
excavating laughters that seasoned mother’s
We watched God wink his many eyes like
fireflies, (maybe it wasn’t a wink) while my brother, pointing to the stars mumbled
something about a sparkly dress for mother
I remember mother’s mouth opening, almost
disuniting. her jugular tightening like tendons behind the thumb, brother sinking into
her chest like wish fountain coins, as a bullet
digs through them like an arrow digging
through an obstacle.
I remember my father’s chest drummed into
an exit song inscribed in my lungs.
You see, I have been made into the song of
vultures; a testimony of elegies and a
mirror for grief.
As I return here, beside the spilled pot, Ade’s
footprints are sprinkled with particles of ash. Look how my mother still holds him in
I remember him frolicking, carrying death
AminaI hold your name inside my mouth
& consider all that is buried
in the esurience of sea—everything
demanded by fate.
What is distance, if not the cold palms
s t r e t c h e d between
You have journeyed in the skin
of my poems like a recurring
ache I am unwilling to treat. Last
week at the beach, a boy
threw a stone in the sea & I imagined
you in his fisted hand.
in the open slices of silence, I reach
into memory, palms spread,
fetching you from everything except
But in this version of poem, I am standing
on the edge of your face
as a smile. I am the ground, unbolting.
I am whatever opens the fists
& plucks the stone; I am the voice of Jesus
& you, you are Lazarus.
David Solomon is a Human Anatomy student of the University of Maiduguri and a young ever learning writer. You can find him on Twitter: @Davidso12673615.
Art: “Bridge of Memories” by Josie Vie (c) 2022. Image #2: “Towards the Within“. Josie Vie is just a soul passing through. She resides in Quebec, Canada.