Two Poems – David Ishaya Osu

In the back of my eye

In the back
of my
eye
is the shadow
of a chrysanthemum
flapping
its twelve wings
like the wedding
dress
of a bride
ready
to reach
the moon
before midnight.
in the back
of my
eye
is a breeze
opening
the body
of a blue
sea
running
down
the chest
of a lover
for break
fast

 

 

 


Conversation

my body has
no door. an egg.
so, how did i enter
this black wax
that melts only in
a song
when g strings
are plucked & their tips
used to put time
signatures
on my navel?
breakfast, & everyone
begs for omelettes. no
breaking of
yolk-york. it’s the new
age
of sky flowers
cutting lights into
long stripes of rain
bow. we have all kissed
the apple Mary gave birth to
before she became
a harlot
for only the lord’s
prayers at the lord’s supper

 

 

 

David Ishaya Osu (b. 1991) is a Nigerian poet. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Eureka Street, Atlas Poetica: A Journal of World Tanka, Birmingham Arts Journal, The Kalahari Review, Vinyl Poetry, Grey Sparrow Journal, RædLeaf Poetry: The African Diaspora Folio, A Thousand Voices Rising: An Anthology of Contemporary African Poetry, among others. David is a board member of the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, and he is currently polishing his debut poetry book.

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