A Love Poem, A Suicide Note

I

I want to believe that trees

tremble in the wind.

The wind they breathe, shakes and

bow their leaves too.


The tree stands rooted.

The wind is free,

& blows it’s lover with fervor.


Loving you is like that.


II


you asked me to breathe,

while blowing in my face.

i tried to swallow,


the poison, dark and tart

stings my throat.

my sweaty palm opens,

revealing letters:


Y O U V D E L O I

Faith: An Ode

– after Jeremy Karn


I want to sleep

in every one of your dark shades.


I am a pilgrim

You’re Mecca-


A city where I rest.

I’ve walked deserts in thirst

with your name in the cracks of my lips.

i will pray like this:

Love, Faith, Love, Faith, Love, Faith


until your heart undresses me

of my travelers robe

and lead to the path of our god.


amen.

In This Poem I’m Not Depressed


so i wear my sister’s skin

and groove to Khalid on the stereo

sliding on the floor, heaving lazy breaths.


every hour

since I killed a flower near my window

simply by breathing,

i’ve been playing doctor on arts.


i break my body into dance routines

choreographed by grief.

i one-step into silence with my tongue


mother have taught me well.

i dance to songs composed in thunder

for deaf-blind audiences

at midnight, i nail my feet to the ground

and stop my breath

& watch the flowers breathe


About the author

Abunic Sherif II is a young Liberian writer, environmentalist, and poet.
His works have been featured on eboquills, Praxis Magazine, The Ducor Review and elsewhere.

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Omotayo
obinnajones5@gmail.com
Writer, editor and reader. A student of mathematics and physics, Twitter troll, Facebook comedian and human.

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