So long for
Who may never half
The attributes of your desires,
Which you build in your head?
I am here:
Let us make something
Out of this moment before
Me and you blessed
Extravagantly desert this place
Or given that uneventful departure
Which all mortal, like us all,
Accept as a substitute for living on.
So I ask of you
Just like Christians recite:
“Give us this day (and everyday)
Our daily bread”
About the author
Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto (@ChinuaEzenwa) is from Owerri-Nkworji in Nkwerre, Imo state, and a lover of literature. He has won the Association Of Nigerian Author’s Literary Award for Mazariyya Ana Teen Poetry Prize, 2009; Speak to the Heart Inc. Poetry Competition, 2016. He became a runner-up in Etisalat Prize for Literature, Flash fiction, 2014 with I Saved My Marriage. Recently, he won the Castello di Duino Poesia Prize for an unpublished poem, 2018. And some of his works have appeared in Lunaris Review, AFREADA, Kalahari Review, Praxismagazine and Elsewhere.