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Ugochukwu Damian Okpara: Ode to an Effeminate Child

“i watched your body dance to the music
that draws stones to you now…”


i wish to write joy on every muscle embedded in my tongue
& sing your body into a bird

i’ve cradled you twice
before and after your memories were birthed

i watched your body dance to the music
that draws stones to you now

but i’ve never had to imagine
that your tongue will burn songs into elegies

elegies cradle you now
& i am lost like your masculinity

darling                  come let me kiss your wounds into healings
come let me teach you how to arch your brows if it makes you happy

you’ve suckled long unto me
come suckle on joy

the closet is getting rusty
come dance in the field with me

come to your mother’s embrace
and dance to oblivion

Poem © Ugochukwu Damian Okpara
Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay (modified)

Ugochukwu Damian Okpara
Ugochukwu Damian Okpara
Ugochukwu Damian Okpara, Nigerian-born poet, is an unapologetic flower boy. He began writing poetry in 2017 and his major themes explore depression, gender, and sexuality. He was one of the 21 mentees in the second cohort of the SLM Mentorship Programme and the 1st Runner Up in the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize 2019. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in African writer, Kreative Diadem, NSPP 2019 Anthology, Straight Forward Poetry and elsewhere.

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