Besides Who I Am Now | Trust Tonji

for example, I could be the soul of 

a dying inferno or a stray dog

 

in its adventure; since, of course,

I happen to love breaking

 

chicken bones, I could be,

like I am now, wine in a wine-

 

glass, tossed hither and tither

like a brother lost in the hands

 

of a fleeting kind of love

I could be the thing 

 

in between the breath

of lovers whose lips are 

 

about to merge in matrimony

I could be a pain in the ass

 

or a kind of hell, a make-believe

something under the armpit

 

of my churchgoing aunt’s mind

maybe prayer beads in the hands

 

of a prayer freak if I over-

come the fear of my groin 

 

being fondled, I could be every-

thing that rushes into your head

 

like chaos when you finally re-

member to close your eyes

 

in prayer  for a minute          

 


Trust TonjiTrust Tonji is the winner of the 2018 Martin Luther King slam competition, organized by the US embassy in the Republic of Benin. His poetry has appeared in Ethel Zine, One, Eunoia Review, The Friday Influence, Prachya Review, Kalahari Review, African Writer, Praxis Magazine, The Electronic Pamphlet and elsewhere. He tweets @Trusttoh9ice. 


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