“How We Spell Fear In Ekosodin” by Michael Ifeanyi Akuchie

How We Spell Fear In Ekosodin

your own shadow will betray you.

hide: your fear will set you on fire. hold yourself like a conversation.

save your body from armies of death.

walk: fear everybody. light will give you away;

say a prayer for yourself. marry darkness.

love: find a body to worship, hold it like god’s own. you are a fine work of disaster. you will break. you will burn. the stars say you will need to sink

to float. start somewhere. find a way to die.

hate: we are burning here. our homes are lost in fire. a student is yelling. we forget his name and run. we are airplanes missing side wings.

we will disappear.

home: it fears us. to it, we are harbingers of desolation. it is a museum of death. we are works of death.

we carry darkness and fear. we were made to fade.

faith: i do not believe my lies. my body is afraid of me.

it resembles machetes halving a boy. a girl is down too.

backgate: we must run. so says the youth. i see my reflection frown at me on the body of a machete. i run. i fucking run. we are a legion. bodies of varying shapes forced to accept discomfort. we run.

Ekosodin disowns us.

Michael Ifeanyi Akuchie is a firefly, writer, poet, story teller & Nigerian by origin. His works have appeared online and in print on Praxis Magazine Online,  Prose & Poetry Hood, Tuck Magazine, Dwarts Magazine, Ace World, Storried, Syncity, Antarctica Journal & elsewhere. He’s a recipient of the 2017 Black Pride Magazine award for excellence in poetry. He studies English & Literature at the University of Benin, Nigeria.

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