BeaBop SST7 draft 1 – PRINCIPAL – feedback please!

8 Jun

I am about to cut off my right hand

Outside the thunderclouds are shouting

About you and me again.

We sit across the table

oceans apart.

Your head is full of premonitions about Nigeria.

My heart is in Fukushima.

Nuclear falls out of your mouth

Your eyes trace laser lines slicing mangoes,

peaches and yams like Ninja warriors from Akita

I want to pound that yam until the mortar splits.

Fufu was always hard work for me

I used to peel grapes for you.

You never liked my fruit.

I would prefer to pluck one Morning Glory at dawn,

Place it on a pedestal and count the last seconds of its demise at sunset

You said I should water it and pray that it lasts

 

I wanted to hunt Kyoto temples

for images of Confuscious

Wisdom is for fools not lovers,

Religion for atheists

Believeing the Japanese Manga Dream

And Chibok is a dream Nigeria believes

might redeem her 419 reputation

If every one of those 234 taken

were returned to their mothers tomorrow.

You that if you left me I would fall apart.

I know that if I were to leave

I would peel grapes and turn them into the sweetest wine.

 

So I wear silk stockings on my feet

Tiptoe to you in my dreams

I sit in the Peace Park in Nagasaki

Praying that devastation will not hit

 

Would your supreme god, Chukwu

Speak to my Shinto Earth goddess

And ask her to open up her red earth

To reveal my lost children

Writhing in her muddy entrails

Would you give me back my girls

If I cut off my right hand?

———

THIS POEM IS EXPLORING THE THEME OF DISPLACEMENT VIA THE BREAKDOWN OF A RELATIONSHIP.

DO YOU FEEL THE PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL DISCONNECT?

WHAT ARE YOU VISUALISING WHEN YOU READ THIS?

ALL COMMENTS WELCOME.

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