By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale:
ÀNÌKÉ- Day 21
There Will Always Be Me Where There Is You
this poem begins with your face
showing up everywhere silence holds
my body between shadows & silhouettes.
really, love is redemption, a map showing
a boy out of his body to light & bliss
& your love was how I knew, how it touched
the silence in my heart to music & lushness,
how it flowers my longing for art & beauty,
do you not see your black skin is a metaphor on my tongue?
some days, it is a blank sky with merry birds
in my eyes, in the poems you peel off my skin
after a kiss, after an embrace that melts
my bones to bubbles, after the reverberation
of your laughter in the recess of my soul.
baby, this poem is your voice travelling
down my spine with pills & the fire of tequila,
I walk into the memories where your
voice intoxicated my heart with sweetness
& fit perfectly in the hollow in the eyes of the moon,
in the eyes of a boy bumping into a long-lost dream.
all I’m saying is: you will always live in my world,
there will always be me where there is you.
© Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale