4th

Anniversary

Issue

Sentinel Poetry #49     December 2006    ISSN 1479-425X

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POETRY & GRAPHICS...Since 2002

Guest Editor: Nnorom Azuonye

Frontpage l Sentinel Poetry Online l Sentinel Poetry Movement

 

 

 

 

 

Uche Nduka

 

From Crocus to Trench

 

a picket fence                             

dares you to vault it.

 

its roughage stays

for its own sake.

 

such is the story

a sprig has to tell.

 

to precious turmoil.

from crocus to trench.

 

a grope a frisk a cuddle.

from a numbing to a rage.

 

do you hear

the blare of your country?

 

 

Into Allegro

 

i will go with you

into love's engine room.

 

let them hoot.

let them howl.

 

from bliss into bliss

we will go.

 

into allegro.

into adagio.

 

succulent melange.

 

i will drink with you

from the cup of remembrance.

 

 

Solitude Is My Food

 

solitude is my food

there is little left

of expedient occasions

to trawl around

my solitude is yours as well

and the potted noon

thorough like the voice

consuming all our anchorages

 

 

Preludes

 

your white fingers

cupping my brown scrotum

 

touching, being touched

seeing, being seen

tasting, being tasted

 

till we blazed

in outings,

pollen and stamen,

 

blazed in what we gained.

in keenings

and preludes-

what we ennobled.

 

 

Like The Prayers

 

like the prayers i poured

between your labial lips

 

recesses in scarlet

the stickiness of you

 

speculum, wombwall

the boundlessness of you

 

like the prayers i spun

around your suite

 

your jade ring,

the rendezvous of seedpods and knees

 

the rip the freeze

 

 

Branchings

 

even so why mimic freshets

and not glee at white heat

 

at the tipsiness of ellipsis

 

turning your gaze

into the lamp in a peach

 

terraces in the orangerie

branchings held upward

 

why mimic those

who traffic in the infernal

 

who begin where

the sacred bestiary is torn apart

 

and lemon groves left, unbrowsed.

 

 

In The Context

 

a shadowed portico.

 

in the context

of a glass ashtray.

 

a conjurer's levitation.

 

in the context

of red cherries.

 

an acidic plinth.

 

in the context

of a ramshackle home.

 

 

 

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