“Songs I know” by Adura Ojo

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Songs I know

leaves fall around the garden in amber / green seams in dotted corners /

in the turnaround I will know / what mom planted in my hair /

winter heat / amber / good grief butter

I know my tongue like the riverbank / I know when it is wet / I know when my mother is listening to my hunger—to keep me full / I know my soul as a child of the sun / I know fifty years in winter will not douse the flames on this tongue / chipping cold / blinding rays / I know winter / I know sun

Adura Ojo is a British-Nigerian poet and writer. Adura’s poems are featured online and in print publications including: Acumen, Dryland, Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, The New York Times, The Poetic Pinup Revue, and The Wait Anthology. Her poem, ‘Four Corners’ was highly commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition, July 2011. Another poem, ‘When He Comes’ was featured in a poetry competition in the New York Times in January 2017. Her collection, Life is a Woman Breaking Eggs (second edition) was published in April 2017. A Pushcart prize nominee for her poem ‘Witch,’ Adura delights in letting her poems ‘misbehave.’ She likes to think that poems have their own minds.

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