Stay Tonight

By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale: ÀNÌKÉ- Day 11 Stay Tonight let’s calibrate our hearts with longings, let’s remove the spectacle on the night’s eyes & let her watch our dwindling bodies scouting desires with fingers & moans, let her watch in…

Ife Oloyin

By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale: ÀNÌKÉ- Day 10 Ife Oloyin ~after listening to Beautiful Nubia Ànìké, here is my love, take, eat & be full. here is my heart, make music of its beats. here is my body, pin it to…

Ode to love

By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale: ÀNÌKÉ- Day 9 Ode to love because there is always something familiar about twilights where silence blooms with the memory of a black girl, like the shore on your chest, once, I laid my head &…

Ayanfe

By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale: ÀNÌKÉ- Day 7 Ayanfe this poem begins with the road that led me to you, blessed be the birds singing your name between tree branches, blessed be the moon compassing me from rivers to cities, to…

Ìfé mi

By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale: ÀNÌKÉ- Day 4 Ìfé mi my love for you is a verb, like a flower singing into the sky, like a bird lip-syncing the songs of memory in a deserted town, because you heart bears the…

Of Love & Comets

By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale: ÀNÌKÉ- Day 3 Of Love & Comets I have tried gathering bits of me together in a baritone casting silence into music, tried finding my lost rib in the absence grief made clear, I had forgotten…