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Win Or Lose by Dr. Jyoti Bhaskar

I went up to the roof on 15 th AugustTo see the symphony of the kites in the skyI stood there for an hourAwe struck by the swag and the dance of a pink kiteIt seemed like it had a missionTo reach the sunTo be the only oneTo be appreciated and loved by one and […]

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My Lovely Hind And My Pleasant Roe by Glory Ogunfunmilakin

A beautiful tour on the mountain, you like?Looking at the ravishing stars at night.Humming along with the melodious voices of the birds.Be mine, be my queen, be with me till I have grey beard.A ride on the horse holding you tight has been my dream. Me not being on suit does not mean I can’t […]

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And Love Hurts by David Angelo

And love hurtslike an axe to the headbecause I know it soDon’t lecture me withlanguage I don’t understandbecause I know it soAnd pain hurts likethe world’s populationof sharks all feedingon you at once becauseI know it so I know it so wellthat the smell of bloodin the water lingerslike a friend you had once. © […]

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Re-Annulment by Saula Sheriffdeen Olamilekan

Why are humans denied of their blood and souls?Why are these ghosts yet to see the fruits oftheir fight with their wealth and soul?Why is the thumb denied of its right to choose?Why hath the Patriot, a lot to lose?Why have the house become hopeless at the end of their votes?Why this re-annulment,When the electorates […]

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Gasp by Dennis Amankwaah

Hollow man. Strange apparition in the dark.Anxiety engulfs the coward. Chills befriends the weak.The room smells like blood. Eyes meet deadly face.Is there any escape?There is no door. The gateway is seized.I am not alone. Hollow man. Proud one.Immaculate apparel meets a cheerful face.Flattering his gains for cursory gazes.Yet his folly haunts him.There is an […]

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Tree Poem by Eboh Solomon Ogbonnaya

Tree Poem, written in honor of Her Excellency, Honorable British Queen Elizabeth II. TreeOnly her head sunk in the ground,With her gown held before her ankle,With her invicible legs sunk in the sky;Only her gown the wind blows.Is it an injustice that her leaves will never get to her feet? To her destination she seems […]

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Flashback by Benyeakeh Miapeh

Let’s take it to the beginning,When love was the breakfast, lunchDinner and lullaby to our souls,Dancing in roses with Valentine’s memory,When my yeses were yours andYour nos were my priority. Let’s take it to the beginning,When romantic words were likeDaily recitations and quotations,“I Love You” was like saying ‘Good Morning’We extruded it in our innocent […]

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The Midnight Journey by Caleb Burphy

Off in the dark, and scary night they went searching for woods to gather food:They stopped, and saw the fear saying bend, bend; too black and slander grass waved in disguise.Hovering the land, they saw a man whose legs were tiny, short, and fat.He walked forward as they withdrew, and to them the man said, […]

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Life of Me by Elizabeth

You lead me emotionallyas I feel what I dont wantyou say to me“your feeling is your prophecy” Falling into the pull of me…I accept what I dont wantI say:“I transmutate to legacy” We found a delicious itch on this spectrum you see,I scratch through the surface of significant meWhen the teacher and student becomes the […]

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Shattered Love by Shayla Sultana

I’ve seen the deep eyes that leads the zigzag wayAround us all dreemy sponge, these eyes were blue bayA sound of south breeze forcast the guddy cloudhands that huged the sky,today just rude and bony elbow. lover eyes were grilled ,all around spreads the smell of grilled fleshthe world was turning a big coal kitchenhope […]

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Untitled by Bidhata Pathak

Oh, slam the door, turn the lights off.Dump that cake and take your presents back.Oh, why that loud music? Hey, why are you dancing?A “Happy Birthday”? Yikes. my 16th birthday?Not 1, not 2, not 3, EIGHT million minutes!8 million minutes. Well, what did I do?Be a victim of a selfish sort of love?Learn something that […]

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Fruits of quarantine by Walei Oloyede

Click! Clack!! Horn in miles is the spreadAfter valentine, Here comes the fruits of quarantine The wind blows the world in diversity of atrocityCountry weeps. Villages villagers in fear of calamityAll alone. away from friends, we were were stocked in anxietyOur body foams in solitude, nagging for the cityMuddling up in fears, a sneeze to […]

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Untitled by Adamu Danjuma

Let’s love ourselves by sending out epistles that speak to nobody but our exceedingly passionate heartfeltLet’s love ourselves. And dry our crystalliferous skins with utmost care in the sand of tamarinds and tomatoes and lemons and limes. It’s time to keep our burning hope aliveand gather our pieces of tenderness and macabre sweatshirts of pleasant […]

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Untitled by Oluwafemi Nathaniel

Pictures and pain•When all we can do is wallow in gloom, and crawl through broken pieces of what’s left of us, now what we have is what we had, victory has defeated us. Sounds of silence•Now void and nothingness is all about the spoken tales of what we once shared, echoes of silence streaming through […]

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Broken Heart by Deborah Adaeze Elom

Let’s love ourselves by sending out epistles that speak to nobody but our exceedingly passionate heartfeltLet’s love ourselves. And dry our crystalliferous skins with utmost care in the sand of tamarinds and tomatoes and lemons and limes. It’s time to keep our burning hope aliveand gather our pieces of tenderness and macabre sweatshirts of pleasant […]

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Love! Without You by Dr. Ashok Chakravarthy Tholana

Thoughts keep interveningIllusions keep interweaving;Betwixt the fleeting pleasuresAnd the volcanic fire of despair,Intoxicating memoirs keep ringingIntolerable pain keeps piercing;With love, dejection and aversionThe citadel of passion looks broken.Limitations and apprehensionIncapacitate my wavering vision;Love! Without you, yes, my dearEverything looks a vast vacuumI can neither reveal nor concealAs memoirs engulf at every dusk fall. Copyright Dr. […]

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Flowered Sheet for A Picnic Tablecloth by Debra Ann Harris

This was my Grandmother’s summer:Brown sugar lemonade.Uncles on the porch playing spadesCelebrating debts that’s paid. This was my Grandmother’s summer:Kids playing with no shoes on feet.Barbecued meat and fried fish to eat.Ice-cold water to keep down the heat. This was my Grandmother’s summer:Laughing so hard it made you cough.Popsicles from the freezer covered in frostFlowered […]

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Muffin by Christian Ward

“Slow down”, Mother saysas I struggle to wolf downthe chocolate muffin collapsingin my hands. It is an asteroidand they are the atmosphere.Slowing down, I see the elements,how things originally were.Glimpsing at my mother in this space,I watch her unravel back to its startingpoint — become feint, almost unreal.A sleight of hand. Copyright Christian Ward Author […]

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I Weave A Dream Catcher by Harpreet Kaur Baweja

It’s a place full of thornsAnd my heart bleeds everydayI put all my heart & soulInto the garden of my makingTo let the lovely flowers bloomIn the morning and evening. Alas! There’s a spirit malicious of things,Sweet & creativeThe spirit’s dark eyeEternally emits a fire of hatred! The spirit’s filthy mindMirrors a slimy egoist pride,It […]

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I Am The Raging Ocean By Caleb Burphy

Abstruse waves of the Ocean accost and thrust fiercely;Its amorphousness swings the wind, thus, it banes for the merchant.A debacle cavorts the sailing ships, it clamours to sink them balefully:The cobbler cleaves the ships apart, and listens not to the taut with expedience.It expunges vividly, extols and charades the boast of his name fatuously; The […]

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Silver Spooned by Emma Wells

I face downwardscocooning peers —I’m tender like that:kind, caring, sharing.I feel for curved inferiors —they’re never picked,whereas, I shonelike steely determination;my veneers glintedin the sun. I’ve been a counsellor,stress ball,mirror,makeshift cigarette,a toothpick,musical instrument,a mid-field cricketer —I’m often in role,donning Thespian threads:a versatile performerthat’s treaded the boards,regaled at countless applauds. And yet… … I’m strugglingface cast […]

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I am Liberia by Charles De Inspirator

I am Liberia!Though scared by scourges of allien spades,My resilience bears the fountain of heaven’s grace,Piercing the pangs of all my shades! My independence, I breathed into Africa’s lungs,Clothed her with my stripes, the red, white and blue;And gave her a star when she knew not one! My waters rhythm waves of freedom,Hailing treasured mountains […]

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A moment I won’t forget by Ivan S. Fiske Iv

Broken thoughts, flashbacks and memoriesAre the sad music my mind have put on repeatAnd these scars engraved onto my heart cause me to weepThat short horrific moment has taken a seat within my brain. I was a beautiful young girlAge 14, had a smooth hairBlue eyes, golden skinVoice sounds sweet like honey. On a cool […]

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Toronto Diary by Monalisa Dash Dwibedy

It’s almost winterA little breeze, shaking breath of a dying hibiscusTears of dew upon the velvety petalsThe sun sings through the white cloudsdreaming a little space in the heart of a snowflakeI lived here years ,watching every colourful fall growing into a flurry winterA new path unfolds itself ,Body asking soul , “ which way […]

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Untitled by Julia Vu

You loved me to the moon,but then you got lost growthwhen I met you, you were a garden ofbounty where nature reigns superior and, aroundyou, I could lose myself in the skies kissed goldenand trees intermingled with the stars above, I couldmelt into a tornado of rose petals and starsdivine; I could sink into the […]

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Into A New Year by Salam Bhai

Into a new year,When our dreams shall witness success!When against no injustice we shall proclaim no redress!And when incorrigibility shall leave the hopeless,And when we all perceive the pleasant fragrance of progress.So shall it be, in this new year! In this new year!No longer shall the mothered become murderedAnd no tears shall fill the face […]

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We are over commers by Christy Chris

We have comeFrom over the yearsBearing sheaves of historyHistory that was for us, a realityReality, that remains more than a reality We have comeFrom over the yearsBearing memoriesAnd lines engraved on the templates of our memoriesRefusing to be washed by time’s heavy rains. We have comeWith irregular tattoos on our armsCarved with impatient tips of […]

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Alone In The Dark by Samuel

As if the world was closing on me,I could the pain,The intense of the dark making me sick,As i fought hard looking at what was ahead. I was alone,Shivering as the rain beats me hard,All i could do was just to lie on the road,Hoping i would see a light,That would change my path. Times […]