WHERE A POEM BEGINS: RASAQ MALIK

A poem begins in a private room.

Then it moves to the streets with the speed of air,

With the voice of thunder,

With the light of love that never flickers.

A poem begins with silence deeper than the heart of a human,

Then it moves to halls,

To schools, to theaters, to offices, to where people debate on how to revive a dying country.

 

A poem begins in a room bereft of noise

From hawkers or howls of birds.

A poem begins by gathering the lives of faraway people;

People who walk home in the rain, in the dark;

People whose lives writhe as they age,

People whose memories are belongings left in deserted houses.

 

A poem begins in a private room.

Then it moves to the world of its readers to mirror their lives.

 

By Rasaq Malik

 RASAQ MALIK GBOLAHAN IS A NIGERIAN POET. HE LIVES IN IBADAN, WHERE HE WRITES AND AWAITS THE PUBLICATION OF HIS DEBUT POETRY COLLECTION.

 

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