SENTINEL POETRY MAGAZINE  APRIL 2003

CHIMALUM NWANKWO
Guest Poet

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Burning Bush

Waiting

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Flower from the Tomb

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Waiting

Lost keeper of the heart's sunny temple
The deep in a wand
Soul of my most secret shrine

This blue sky becomes the desert
As I sing for you
Lost oasis of my dream

The days wear robes of silences
Conspiracies
Creation is acolyte of your absence

Where are my jungle denizens
Palling choristers
Bearers of the banners of the rain wind

What ranges in combat against noontide
But thoughts of you
They prevail like rain in July

I linger now on a desolate terrain
Desert and distances
They mock me with your false effigies

Today is the day of fugitive dreams
Fan of memories
That is what shines from the stars

The roof of the sky feels my heartbeats
Farm of agonies
Endless flock of gambolling birds

What demon path led me to you
And this cold end
Desert destitute of your heart's pavilion

That magic trap of your sweet essence
I alone know
Reveller in the storm of your dreadful passion

Take these whispers in the language of flaming hearts
Font of mirages
Elusive game of the stubborn hunter

I hang my regrets like banners in the sky
Aware of loss
Beyond any gates of dreams and waiting

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