“Now” & “Silent Habitation” Poems. “Scavenger–Holding the Earth” by Johnston, Anowe & Kaminski

Melissa D Johnston-scavenger-150 ppi
“Scavenger–Holding the Earth” Melissa D Johnston
in a wry humorous light
i grow older than i was
a pinch of a breath ago
the preciousness of every day
fades with each passing thought
with every coming and going
of a crow cawing at my broken window
farther and farther i drift into eternity
drift through the fallow fog
that has hidden my share
of existence and identity
there’s a despair standing astride
the threshold of my soul
what ceremony of words or deeds
like a daunted wind could blow
this bodily heap of tragedy…
’tis your hand that owns
the knife and cocoyam
–JK Anowe
Silent Habitation
’tis your hand that owns
the flesh i now inhabit
bones and skin
sometimes seem more
like an affliction, body
a weight upon the spirit
instead of habitation
why does my soul
insist on traveling these
roads alone, where trees
are bare of blossom
bare of leaves
empty of chameleons
of birds and birdsong
’tis your hand that strums
the small notes from their
–Laura M Kaminski (Halima Ayuba)
JK Anowe was born in Nigeria in 1994. He’s presently a degree student of the department of foreign languages in the University of Benin, Nigeria. He speaks English, Igbo and French. He is finalizing his first full-length poetry manuscript.
Laura M Kaminski grew up in Nigeria, went to school in New Orleans, and currently lives in rural Missouri. Her most recent interview, at THE STRONG LETTERS, can be read at https://waleowoade.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/laura-m-kaminski/
Melissa D. Johnston is an artist, writer, and recovering academic. You can see more of her work at http://melissadjohnston.com/


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