Ajise Vincent | Two Poems

the antidote of grief

my father taught
     me how to make
songs out of grief.
     he would say:
the source of pangs
     
are one & same with joy
let your perspective
     
illume your choice
& we would
     pack our throes
in bags of songs,
     walk to the market
smeared with the
     scent of tulips & lavender
& barter molecules
     of our tears
for God’s own laughter

 

photographs

a black Sudanese kid drowning
in the largeness of his pants
weaves a basket of history
with the facial hair of his ancestors
just to make ends meet.
while a group of tourists take photographs of him,
soldering them to words. their intentions scorch
like vapors of boiling water


Ajise Vincent is an economist and social researcher based in Sokoto, Nigeria. His works have appeared or are forthcoming at The Bond Street Review, Indiana Voice Journal, Jawline Review, Jalada, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Chiron Review, Asian Signature, Ann Arbor Review, Yellow Chair Review, Bombay Review, Birmingham Arts Journal, Snapdragon: a journal of art & healing, The Cadaverine, Souvenir literary journal, Saraba, Elsewhere, Sentinel Quarterly & various literary outlets. He is a recipient of the Eriata Oribhabor poetry prize 2015.  

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