spasms of anger hit you at the entrance of the cave that gulps your brother's body. you dissect his remains for an autopsy & the postmortem vomits the ravenous bullet that ate his life. it leers at you. say, it longs to transmute you into something that satiates the hunger of another coffin. in the hospital, where you've gone to treat the cataract in your future, you see your brother roaming the wards, searching for an empty body to name a home. you guillotine your fears
& point his specter to the exit of your country's abyss. time flips a page to see you standing at the doorpost of patience–waiting for science to amputate the gangrenous hands of death. your patience gets exhausted as another bullet escapes your country's mouth to squeeze your neighbor like an orange. at night, the moon silhouettes your longing for your brother's body till it dies of light. to witness daybreak, you crawl into the light of his memories. in the morning, you'd dab your eyes with birdsongs, to flatten the sty it has gotten from seeing too many cadavers. but, it never heals.
Okoronkwo Chisom is the winner of the Shuzia "Journey of the Soul" poetry competition 2023. Her works have been published in PoetryColumn, Blue Marble Review, Nigerian Review, Icreatives Review, Isele Magazine, World Voices Magazine, New Man Gospel Magazine, Shuzia, BPPC anthology, and elsewhere. She's a fresh first-class graduate of English Language and Literature who has been shortlisted in the Vweta Chadwick Poetry Prize 2023 and the Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2022, African Feminist Writing Contest 2022, YouthHubAfrica FGM contest, September Edition, 2022, BKPW and Splendours of Dawn Poetry Contest. She tweets @ChisomAchiever