A BLEEDING VOICE

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April 15, 2021
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A BLEEDING VOICE

Stephen Oladayo

they say I’m an ocean that flows
without hindrances, carries
tide & ship but I’m a fish inside
an ocean. I quack in the heart of
deep, my belly aches of maggots I feed on
& no one distinguishes my tears from water.

they say I’m a whirlwind that dances
majestically on king’s roof but I’m a
chaff in a whirlwind taken far away
from home. my voice chokes with sand
& my fate hangs in the air bleeding dust.

like a mud pot collided with a rock,
my pieces are everywhere- a piece
of me here & there & I shall build
a giant wall. I’m a silent voice wailing
in the tongue of fire, a spark that ignites
the sun to greet a new day & the veil
that covers the moon. burn me to
ashes. my smoke shall not escape chimney.

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