“AFTER” A POEM WRITTEN BY WALE OWOADE
After lightning comes rain.
I will go looking for shadows
in their honeymoons. One day
there would be no sky, only
a silhouette searching for itself.
When I am tired of searching
for proof that God exists, I will
pour ashes inside a glass and ask
the moon to smile. This is what
the war left me: a slightly burnt
tongue—a room made from
a broken dirge—a graveyard
in a churchyard—a lone bird with
a bone for a twig—a two legged
dog—fresh ashes waiting to
be named—prayers starting
and ending with ‘ex’—a window’s
jaw dropping at the sight of a city
eating itself. Even when am
lonely I can’t save the world.
When I will begin to heal,
I will rust. I will say
once there was a war, maybe
a love. After rain comes sun,
I will go searching for
a grave with my name on it.
Written by Wale Owoade
ABOUT WALE OWOADE
WALE OWOADE is a Nigerian poet and creative enthusiast who lives and writes in north-central Nigeria. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in About Place Journal, Apogee Journal, Chiron Review, Cordite Poetry Review, footmarks, Radar Poetry, Spillway, The Bombay Review and Vinyl among others. Some of his poems have been translated to Bengali, German and Spanish. He is a recipient of 2015 Tony Tokunbo Poetry Silver Award. Wale is the Publisher and Managing Editor of EXPOUND: A Magazine of Arts and Aesthetics. He also interviews contemporary poets at The Strong Letters and is the Founder and Creative Director of Bard Studio.