YOU AND I

They say love begins with a smile

with lips parting

-ours began after a smile and two bodies attacked each other

flesh on thorns

flesh torn by thorns

leaving our bodies desolate

reeking of war

-war at night

war at day

war when all we had was hunger

it became beautiful patterns we left

on our skin, a road map to starvation

of where the oasis lay…

We once said this wasn’t love

–but a star

it will twinkle and die.

But our bodies told us a different lie

We were witches

meant to be burnt at stake

Pile of firewood longing to be licked

By fire

By things that burn and cool and burn again

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‘I belong to you’

And that was it –how a corpse become a living thing

-how God said; “let there be light”…and there was US

Instead. Day

and night, fire and water.

You and I

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Ngiga
editor@ngigareview.com
We're legion

4 thoughts on “POEM: YOU AND I By UGORJI EBUBE”

  1. All your poems are heading towards a direction. I’m waiting at the end of the tunnel. To read and at same time feel the things that burn and cool and burn again.

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