Poetry: i am becoming more & more by Sodïq Oyèkànmí

This poem flows across even its absences, emphasized in caesura. Sodïq Oyèkànmí writes into transformation with the echoes of the past and the fears of the future joining into a request for togetherness.

i am becoming more & more

like a rifle             with wet gun–powder
like cowries          reeking of abandoned grace

in the hands          of the diviner
look                      this is what your absence

has done to me     o mother—
o mother               of my beginning

i’m terrified           that what destroyed the yam
will also destroy     the cocoyam

that the insistent    teeth
of these axes          will bow the ìrókò tree

my power-             house of herbs & succour
now carved into     a mute sculpture

come                     be with me
breathe with me     in this dying world

Sodïq Oyèkànmí

Sodïq Oyèkànmí is a poet, thespian and librarian. A 2022/23 Poetry Translation Centre (UK) UNDERTOW Fellow. He holds a B.A in Theatre Arts from the University of Ibadan where he specialised in Acting and Dramaturgy. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, he won the 2022 Lagos / London Poetry Competition. His works are published/ forthcoming in LOLWE, Lucent Dreaming, Longleaf Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Passages North, Poetry Wales, Strange Horizons, and The Four Faced Liar. A wildflower who tweets @sodiqoyekan.

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