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Love And Prayers

By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale: Butterflies- Day 15 Love & Prayers ~It begins with love, I tell you, even prayers. -Romeo Oriogun. & I’ve prayed for many things with loopholes in my heart/// for my country where a flower is just…

A Toast to Love

By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale: Butterflies- Day 14 A Toast to Love & let the clink of our glasses be to the earth jazz music embedded in the throat of songbirds with hibiscuses, of love nursed into wings & promising dreams,…

Of Love, Mirror And Melodies

By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale: Butterflies- Day 13 Of love, Mirror & Melodies I have learnt to sniff red roses to survive the loneliness that drowns a heart, learnt to pattern the stars into names to keep memories away from fire.…

Kedike

By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale: Butterflies- Day 12 Kedike somewhere before this poem, your absence leaves my body with desolated places & I’ve been wandering in silence on roads that leads to moister voices & everywhere a sound imitates shape of…

A Museum Of Grace

By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale: Butterflies- Day 11 A Museum of Grace this poem starts with the gaps in your teeth, -an open door to an endless abyss. my body fell into it & became a seed pregnant with cities. because…

Songs of Álání

By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale: Butterflies- Day 10. Songs of Álání -Chapter 1 …Anike, oh ye beautiful daughter of momma Africa, come, sway in my warmth, dance with me under the stars, roll your waist & let my kinsmen watch with…

Wife Material

By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale: Butterflies- Day 8 Wife Material It always starts with a firefly packed with the aesthetics of the night, finding a skin to perch into goosebumps, before a song stranded in the mouth of evening birds locates…

Coast of Butterflies

By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale: Butterflies- Day 7 Coast of Butterflies I have learnt to live in stories that tell of boys eaten by their longings to be sky-birds, stories where boys do not wait for love to come to solitary…

Flowers And Fireworks

By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale: Butterflies- Day 6 Flowers & fireworks there are no charts to love just like there are no charts to light yet seabirds will fill fractured hearts with lullabies & the echoes of heaven’s harp, yet your…

How to Buy a Soul

By Aniekan Andikan: The call was from a foreign number, which was not so unusual. The caller identified himself as the director of human resources at the Bank of America. He wondered what the foreign banker wanted from him or…

The Magic of Loving

By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale: Butterflies- Day 5 The Magic of Loving Anike, is it the way our hearts carry thunderstorms from dawn to dusk & not break or the way our chemistry is so heavy & would still float after…