Mimicking the Love Scenes in Juliet and Romeo
the play starts/ with two bodies lying
in a new garden of eden/ bare
like the way a mother brings forth her child/
into the world.
she/ a chalice & me/
a snake curled all over her body
light fades from the first scene.
& we became a bowl of hygeia/
the entire play.
Another Barren Poem
the news came/ he’d packed his belongings
& smuggled his way into a country not on
world map; my body became a cloudless sky/
housing thunder & lightning. but i didn’t dare sob.
before becoming a wind; the rain,
in a loud voice like a town crier— called
to attention/ the perpetual fading away of a dust
climbing heaven’s ladder/ but nature speaks
in a language we just won’t comprehend, you know.
under moonlight, my cousin made a vow:
to someday set his sole on the other side of
the ocean/ & sweep all the good fortunes
on the sidewalks of earth into his mother’s purse
we never had the time to ask— when?
& to where? & how exactly? & what
the fuck he meant, when he said what he said?
we punctuated his beautifully dressed wish[es] with unholy insha allah
so every time his mother tries unbuckling
her purse/ a whole new collection of distress
falls/ to the sands her son’s now a parcel of
Poems © Abuoya Eruot
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