Poetry

Mental Mosaic: Poems by Denrele Ogunwa

Winter

Winter turns my fiery passions grey.
This season’s night falls too soon and
spectral images of you
rise from my dreams like incubi.

As I lay awakened in the darkness
contemplating you,
my insides curdle with
mixtures of love and hate.

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Because I say so

I can say
“I love you”
and make it mean less

I can dilute it
make it as potent as
a vodka-shot in a water-litre

I can say
“I love you”
like the punchline
to an old joke or
a furtive smile
to a faceless stranger
on a sunny day

I could say
“I love you”
as a tender revelation
soul searing cries from
beyond emotion

But I say “I love you”
in a million
innocuous ways
to save me from
the painful silences
the certainty in your eyes that
you
do not
love me.

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A Comparison

As useful as
an hour glass
full of pebbles

As pretty as
shattered mirrors, stained glass
washed over with black paint

As desirable as
a life full of pain:

A heart full of love.

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Perfect Peace

A night sky
of velvet indigo
with diamond stars
like scattered dew
and a crescent moon
it’s beauty and light
shaded by the haze
of shadowed clouds

they find a certain peace
in being aloof
far removed from you or I

I wish…
I wish I could find that peace
removed from this world
seeing, all, touching all
while not being touched myself

Mysterious and unreachable
at perfect, perfect peace.

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Mental Mosaic

Cracks in my mind
filled with cement
coloured slabs
of unyielding thought
of ideas
beautiful but dead
killed by the
sudden jolt out of inertia
(couldn’t take the shock)

Stuck together haphazardly
making a pretty pattern
making no sense
making me smile

The pattern’s getting blurred now
or is it just
the tears in my eyes?

Why do I cry?
Pretty patterns never last;
not forever.
That’s why.

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(c) Denrele Ogunwa

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