RITUAL | NKET GODWIN

I sit on the basement facing your absence every morning
to watch breeze play with birds,
or birds, with breeze—something tickles their preening.
I watch grass dandle ofut-ijon on brittle laps,
gay butterflies dry their wings in the hug of sun,
rising, triumphant, from the eastern bed…
I watch nature gather what we throw away every day—companionship!
& in the wilderness of my fantasies,
memory holds the hand of our halcyon days
& walks me into solace.

NKET GODWIN is a poet, essayist and book reviewer. His works have appeared on Afreecan Read, Afrocritik, Eboquill, Inkspired, Best Poet of 2020 Anthology published by Inner Child Press, USA, Con-Scio magazine, etc. He is a graduate of English and Communication Studies at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt. His research interests are in African literature and Media Convergence, language and communication. He teaches and writes from the city of Port Harcourt.

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