Poetry Play #36

poetry play

Samuel Oluwatobi Olatunji and Aventurine



                These words are not mine

                They are the echoes of a thousand voices lingering in my mind


                I’m a vortex of voices

                I speak in tongues without the touch of Holy Ghost


                The lights are not stars

                They are a thousand souls spread light years apart


                Look into my eyes and you will find the anthills of my ancestors

                Who have refused to rest in peace

                Instead they rest in pieces inside of me


                Each piece tells a tale of woe and broken dreams

                Regrets and missing links

                When the stars align let our voices unite


                I’m the graveyard of groaning ghosts

                Ghosts that want to taste humanity again

                Ghosts tired of ghostly garbs


                When the oceans turn red

                And the rivers have bled

                When valleys cast shades

                On the mountains above

                Maybe then but not yet


                Or maybe when all move anti-clockwise

                Tracing our footsteps back into the oblivion of the past

                Maybe then, these ghosts will pick their crosses and coffins

                And go back to where they came from


                Oh please, where is your courtesy?

                These ghosts are the ones that keep the daylight at bay

                And offer a chance to snooze on the hay


                They feed me with too much night

                That I have forgotten that day exists

                I’m the mare in the night with nightmares


                These words are not mine

                They are echoes of a thousand voices lingering in my mind

                Everyone is filling the earth with noise


                Don’t call me crazy

                I’m just a complex congealed clan

                I’m a tree with several branches that have mouths each

                And speak simultaneously


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

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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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