Exaltation by Chibueze Obunadike

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tonight, God sleeps in the lightning.

look how he carves our names
moth-white against the spine of the sky,

a burning elegy,
              a blistering chorus streaming
across our marbled faces,

                 lovely, eternal.

we could sleep in this night forever,
hold on to this dream with glazed hands.

tonight, we are angels in our bodies,
six-winged wonders, glorious cherubs,

furnace in the heat of our mouths,
God in the heat of the fire.

                the prophet said, “& i looked, & behold…”

they will see us & cry Amen, child.


Chibueze Obunadike is a Nigerian writer and poet whose poems are published in the Best New African Poets 2018 Anthology, Kreative Diadem and CFW Freedom Magazine where he was first runner up for the Collins Eleisoro 2020 Literary Prize. He was a joint first recipient of The Singing Bullet scholarship award 2019 and shortlisted for the Kreative Diadem 2019 Annual Poetry Prize. His Chapbook, Smoke Is Just A Fancy Word for Burning was published by Poets In Nigeria. 2020, as part of their chapbook series.
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