Screaming Within Walls by Badmus Jubril


Screaming within walls

In this place you are as stained as the imprints

on the walls that surrounds you,


speaking of walls, you mold your own bricks around

yourself such that it appears like you are  confined.


He wears you as ornament; you beautify,

crowded with your own dust, you wear.


He carries a handkerchief sprayed with chypre,

He dusts you, you are polished, you tear.


You want to give yourself to fire knowing

only fire would burn you out of sanctity,


dries the foam in between your thighs.

It was better holding a book you realized later


when you flipped through the pages and found

him unusually waiting like a preserved remains.


Selfishly you tore the pages thinking of what could be.

sitting on the bed, the linen shrinking to make


your bosom a hollow star; the feelings are combustible.

the immersion is happening, you heard the sounds


not the voice but the flames dissipating into your space.

Your head on the pillow staring into the remains of the pages,


you lay beside him in his shadows his flames kissing your body,

He teaches you something about flight.

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