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August 12, 2018 / barton smock

person Visar, two poems


Visar is a writer and artist with poems previously published at ghost city press, agbowo, Kalahari review and elsewhere. Twitter: rabiutemidayo.


It’s not your first day at sea

It’s not your first day at sea
struggling to grasp them by the head

Laughing louder than the sea
Wading out wet with guilt

Reeling in the fishes
Through and through the black waters,

Dripping down till only silt —
The unholy ledger



Before the rooster this morning
Grandmother was already barefoot on her farm
Watering plots of cassava

She wears white underclothes stopping right on her knees,
It is evening already
to permit all the heavy lifting.

When she is in the bushes she would
Do along with songs
In the voices I’ve grown

to associate with the blue sky,
hovering as clouds do
Over sunny afternoons —

A sureness of rain
To join her I…

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