[Poetry] Trees by AKWU SUNDAY VICTOR


That tinkling sensation that comes with much sunlight
Those beads of sweat that break on the forehead,
When the sun lashes the earth and all in it…
I harken to the spirit, that inward referee
And like the wild bird and Ralia or Simbi in the grove
I follow the footfalls of the spirit into the palm tree grove
The birds singing in the woods, sang unknown songs
I tilt my ears, like the dial of a radio, filtering the breeze
Endless chattering, to pick the rhythm of the songs in the wood
At the mouth of the street, a jagged stone stood
Upon it I took my place and down the heart of the flowing fluid
Fishes swim against the flowing fluid flipping tiny filaments
Then like the flash of light, like the dazzling of broken glass
In the sand, it came, the thought of them, the thought came
And my heart began to sing, accompanied by the drums of the stream
The trees that filled the earth with seeds, I recall to mind
Nights of pains and agony as the pod of blood formed
Taking shape, like a painting on a painter’s table evolving
Motion slowed as another being takes away the primordial
Freedom of the limbs, lips like the wings of a trapped butterfly
Tremble as the clod of blood nibble at the pot of life
And their portraiture fill my imagination, nameless pains
Gnaw the flesh of my heart, like soldiers charging into the arena
Of death unperturbed, they enter the theatre of new life
Faces contorted, form distorted by the burden borne
And between the earth and the heavens, their breath lingers
And to some it returns and to others gone with the wind forever.
This is the journey taken to bring forth beings in being
But then, a moment is often not taken, in life’s orangery
To reflect upon this sacrifice of blood, of life and death
And now in the palm grove, with the birds in the trees,
And the trees, like drunken men, or possessed priests
Of a forgotten deity, dance shaking their massive heads
And now in the palm grove, with the stream tingling my ears
Caressing the sole of my soul, I see like on a screen
The essence of sacrifice, the meaning of love
And the spirit whispers in my ears, this tender song
And I began to sing right from the grove of palm trees
And the wind came, like a dove and took my voice to the orb’s end.

Akwu Sunday Victor is a Nigerian poet and critic

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