A Land Slipping into Evanescence by Taofeek Ayeyemi (Lucent Dreaming Issue 7)

This land has long been
shrouded in white sheets
stained with blood leaking from various 
cuts scribbled on her skin

by jackals’ teeth and hyenas’ paws.
Every effort to take her
to the grave dissolves like 
salt slipped into water;

for scavengers are here
throwing their talons and beaks
into her skin, breaking her,
bone by bone,

haunting and hunting everyone
trying to rescue her remains.
This land is a clot of spilled blood 
and everyone has his fingers

reeking of redness.
This time yesterday,
a dying sheep bleated promises – 
shaking the pillars

and poles of this land, 
painted this land as a
portrait of greenness,
Today, the only thing that goes green

is his vigour:
our spring is no less an autumn
followed by a winter burst.
Today, this sheep opens his mouth

and all we see is a network 
of jackal’s teeth.
This land is a pond
of grieved fishes,

a bigger grief is eating us 
and when nothing is left to eat,
we hope it shall eat up itself 
into the barest nothingness.

Taofeek Ayeyemi fondly called Aswagaawy is a Nigerian lawyer and writer from Ogun State where he also grew up. He took poetry serious since 2015 and his works have recently appeared in Acorn, Frogpond, Hedgerow, Akitsu Quarterly, The Pangolin Review, Minute Magazine, Modern Haiku. He clinched the first runner-up in 2016 Christopher Okigbo Poetry Prize and Outstanding Haiku Prize in 2019 Soka Matsubara International Haiku Contest. When he’s not in the court arguing, in the chambers drafting, in the bedchamber with his cats poeticising or meditating as a Sufi, he’ll be somewhere in the world talking.
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