“Funeral Hum” & “Broken Children Are Born At Funerals” | Joshua Omena

Broken Children Are Born At Funerals and Funeral Hum Agbowo Art African Literary Art Joshua Omena

Funeral Hum

 

from the mouth of God,

i fall without help into darkness

a song without words,

this tune is shaped like my mother

in a box, in an ambulance,

by the rushing of trees

to where the earth opens

to close again

 

Broken Children Are Born At Funerals

 

i.

love is a duty

you don’t become a ghost

and disappear

like mother, father

closed his eyes and

woke to dreams of white places

and we wore black

standing before a hole

in the ground, watching

a man run after his wife

 

ii.

mother was a song

happy, with the

aroma of tomato and spice

mother was full of life

a body of many things

vibrating in a house with

rooms full of chaos

one day, she sat at midnight

drained of air,

and became a memory

 

iii.

home started running

on the day father left and

we became thirsty travelers

fooled by the sight of

vanishing waters

home eludes us

whenever we want to retire

so we sleep on the memoirs

of a man, his wife and their children

 

iv.

in the black of my brother’s eyes,

sadness reflects as the face of a

six year old girl listening to her

aunt say mother is with God

he believes too-

mother chose God over us

 

v.

broken children are the

products of selfish parents

 

vi.

hymns remind me of numbness

too many funerals can cause

a boy to die once, twice

till his heart stops

believing in miracles

 

vii.

silence is not

always a show of strength

 

viii.

grief is a wall, a refuge

for abandoned children

I grew up there – finding God

with eyes closed and

knees bent on quick sand

 

ix.

healing began as a dream

a holy river reclaiming lost land

shallow sentiments turning into mud

I woke swamped in my sweat

healing was a myth

my body was still lost (in denial)

to pain, to places

I have felt and been

 

x.

answers begets more questions

maybe peace comes

after many tears

 


Joshua Omena is the author of Brave – a chapbook. 

His works have featured in: Work Naija- a book of vocations, Afridiaspora’s My Africa, My City Anthology. He has also been published on Kalahari review, Brittlepaper and several other literary journals.

He has a collection of poems forthcoming. Although he currently works as a content developer in an Ad agency, he is sometimes a Freelance Writer. He writes on www.medium.com/@joshua


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