Poetry Play #20

poetry play

Samuel Oluwatobi Olatunji and Opeyemi Gaji



                My skin is a scroll with the handwriting of my heritage


                Do not time, places sojourned erase that glorious writing?


                This writing is my birthmark

                My skin’s soulmate till the sepulchre separates us


                Even birthmarks lose its intensity

                Time not only changes the seasons

                Even altering the course of lives, even birthmarks


                This birthmark may be bleached by time

                But it breathes in the cave of my marrow


                The time comes when even the body wastes away,

                Do our souls retain this mark of birth you speak so highly of?


                The soul without the body

                Is like a book without pages

                It’s ignorant of ink


                Our body is indeed lost without a soul

                Devoid of thoughts and dreams

                A mere vessel of operating physically


                So let me live my lettered flesh

                Let me stay as the scroll

                With the handwriting of my heritage

                Before my souls sojourns out of my body.

NB: Poetry Play, a product of Artilogue in partnership with PenAStory, is a game in form of poetic dialogue for every poet on BBM. It is a game of two poets: one drops a line or more, and the other replies, flowing along until one of them gives up, or the poem gets too long. Every poem formed from this game will be published here (penastory.com) every Friday and Saturday. So poets, are you ready to play? If yes, contact Samuel via BBM: 7f5210ec


About PenAStory

PenAStory is a group of young individuals with a passion for literature who have decided to come together to write under one platform. We seek to educate, inform as well as entertain our readers. Also, because we are targeting young literature lovers, we would like to touch on other interests of their lives hence the relationship category and because we all need a bit of motivation in our lives, we decided inspiration won't be so bad
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