GODDESS OF PURITY
I sit between vision and hallucination—
a weaver bird failing to weave love,
but every time I say your name to the wind
I recount the rhythm of your jigida*
which I yearn to hold as my rosary—
counting your name— my prayer— in lust.
In stupor of lust, I lose myself to euphoria
you dance a step to uproar the flame of thirst
in me— tinges me to pray more and more
until my prayer leads me to forbidden hell—
a fitting reward for the lunatic lovers.
What more should I worship but you— goddess of purity,
If I die in my euphoria, bury me in your purity
Let my soul soar with your steps across the seven skies,
and tonight— tell the stars of how our love dazzles
brighter than they ever could.
*jigida is a Hausa word for ‘waist beads’ worn by some African women.
These ages are bricks
building a barrier
each turn of hourglass
seems to outgrow me
from you— innocence,
they carve these gaps—
workmen of time,
I see you from afar—
flickering like flame
in the night of time.
With you I was—
now I only count
each time I sniff your scent
I wish I’d rewind life.
Poems © Ahmad Isah Sabo
Image by Romain Hiest/Mikayla Quinn from Pixabay (modified)