I sketch you on the skin of a water that hoofs to the throb of a wind, painting smile in my face like a maquillage for a beautiful bride.
Winter is here, I do not feel cold; I do not feel hurt like a skin wetted with heartbreak.
I do not feel something running out of my body into the throat of a ground.
I mastered the art of enunciating Love without stuttering like the valedictorian of a prestigious university whose speeches fall off like a brittle egg.
Tonight, I plan to make rainbows out of my eyes sans magic,
& create another sun for you out of my pristine palms.
So I imagine myself an astronaut; girdle around the neck of a moon & stare into the face of a fancy water that mirrors the face of a fancy firmament.
When I request smiles, I get blisses as spares;
when I look into your eyes, I see a paradise of birds dampening my body with cloudburst of bliss.
Love is a ray of sunlight & its light is dragged from the plate of your mouth.
I’m in a garden of fresh flowers, & the fragrance of lilies reminds me of many things:
Of how you twirled me in your heart like the seed of a cherry fruit,
Of how you planted a souvenir that outgrew grace in the climate of my skin.
Queen, I want to arrange every atom of your body into this poem before sun swallows its eyes,
I want to carve you in my heart like a citadel that loathes a heavy hurricane.
OLALEKAN HUSSEIN (Nature) is a young Poet from Lagos, Nigeria. A student of prestigious Arabic/Islamic institution in Lagos State (Darul Falah) His works have appeared/forthcoming in: Kreative Diadem, African Writer Mag, Third Lane Mag, Brittle Paper, Kalahari review, Livina Press, Rigorous Mag, Better Than Starbucks & other reputable mags. If he’s not reading arabic books to augment his knowledge, he reads Quran & sometimes write.
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