Of Wombs and Dreams

Three poems
by Abeiku Arhin Tsiwah
death & birth are erotic desires
branching out on trees
& stemming in the hearts of dead bodies
death seeks beauty
she seeks silences
out of jazz and blues
birth seeks innocence
he writes days &
paints the moons in the navel
avatar —
you died suddenly in the lips of dawn
& your blood corrugated
watery eyes in the savannah
when we die after you, o’ ferried soul
we shall seek selflessness
& we shall mourn no more
for where you are going,
distance is a choice
& relationship is an assumption
monochromatism (i)
you mean you don’t know god?
i mean you haven’t seen god?
god lives in your skirt
she lives beneath your tummy
he lives beneath your waist
maybe you don’t need him,
that is why you would die
and never meet her glowing in light.
didn’t the books tell you
that the god you seek
& the god the world searches for
lives in our pants?
you’re pregnant with babies
sometimes it’s Africa
sometimes it’s middle East
sometimes it’s time & heartbreaks.
the earth is a womb
sperm(ed) with the universe —
stared with idle dreams!
sometimes there is abortion
& others miscarriage. . .
you’re pregnant with dreams
of oceans & rivers
of man & colours
sometimes black. sometimes white
sometimes yellow. sometimes . . .
it is the burden we carry to death
& the innocence we are reborn with.
Abeiku Arhin Tsiwah is an Afro-Thinker who edits Poetry for Lunaris Review, Nigeria and performs with The Village Thinkers, Ghana. He writes from Cape Coast.
Ig @_thecapecoastboy

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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott is a member of The Southern Collective Experience; he also serves as an editor for Walking Is Still Honest Press, The Blue Mountain Review, The Peregrine Muse, and Novelmasters.

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