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Sadness at Pharmacy | Michelle N’ankra Oppong

Sadness at Pharmacy | Michelle N’ankra Oppong

Sadness at Pharmacy Michelle N'ankra Oppong Agbowo Best African Poems

ISSUE 8 | JANUARY 2024 | WOMAN ISSUE


it is topaz year. so why not— 

long line at the CVS? Why sit/conjure 

still. 

the stone rushes in. & pebble under trachea. 

fledgling above still water. 

then surprise sibyl on weekends. 

in these foreign lands, I hear 

grass blade bends into itself. 

footless summers with putrid 

rolls of warm 

unsure water on tongue 

or. 

colds sweat in brush winter, 

merry burnt foliage, 

quickening dims, 

recursive faces in the shadows of kerosene 

lamps. resting dusted 

feet. god, 

I’ve dreamt myself dark 

a riplet of long whiptides 

a lingering cloud dragged across 

lingering eyes still 

better? 

than lying sideways face 

drooping till it slides off the bone 

to the dirt. 

than embalming the brain, 

planting caladiums in my ear.


Michelle N'ankra Oppong

Michelle N’ankra Oppong

Michelle N’ankra Oppong is a poet currently in an MFA program. Her primary focus and thesis are on recontextualizing living spaces such as rooms and houses, through the lens of blackness, identities, mathematical concepts, politics, body, and various sentimentalities.

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Photo by Sam Moghadam Khamseh on Unsplash

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