SENTINEL POETRY #28
Online Magazine Monthly -- March 2005
Editor:
Amatoritsero Ede

NKECHI NWOSU-IGBO

ENTRY 1 - LEANING SHOULDERS   

I remember quiet clouds
me eyes resting
from the rhythm of  toil
                     sweat
                work
       muscles
hustle.


Imagine
the tremors of the giant
that came on parade
sending blood to the empty arms
of the clouds
bang/bang & bang
        windows
               doors
                    cars
                         legs
legs, me legs refuse to tremble
like the doors
me eyes ran to the window
and lent out ear.


I remember the stories
Our lies of fireworks to our children
but the welcome the visuals
                             canals
                     bodies
            screams
     Fear!
me eyes salute fear
when the ear comes back
bearing POW in its bill
me eyes welcome fear
when the land came rumbling
from the darkest safe of war.

I remember trying to forget
but mothers were soaked with tears
land meets blood
blood meets tears
tears mingle with us into the canal.


I remember reaching out
for me tears and  some of yours
carefully wrapping the sighs
                                         cries
                                              scars
                                                   blood
                                                         spirit
                                              pain
                                      anger
                             hurt
                    spoil
me memory will serve strength
when blood goes to the clouds
at dawn.

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