Poetry from Saddiq Dzukogi

1. CURSE
‎I break the curse
like a kola
bitter
as the kiss
of an enemy
I suffer from
the saliva
poison coated
with candy sweetness
I break the curse
like a wall standing
as distance
between the hole
and the pole
of virgin lovers
Over it
I die
tasting what has long
been hidden
— heaven is a curse
for those who know no god
 the water smells
of love and death and rose
sweet hell swashing
a throat like whisky
passion is unlocked
while I lean in the corner
where the doorway stares
at me— fear is the keeper
of secrets– break a lock
and discover life

2. Doors Of Amnesia
      (for Farida Usman)
‎the news of your passing
strikes as quick as lightening
it is an unsinkable feeling
– it floats
face up, a net
woven on water
coils drawn on
“I know what your smiles do to me”
I haven’t been able
to straighten my face from a frown
no poems in the grave
or at least no elevator
to get the words head on
dip in the dance of the dead
I lean on the door of amnesia
I lean on the door of amnesia
like a beggar who does not
dare to knock.‎
3. Door of amnesia ii
‎dip in the dance of the dead
I fear to lay a foot
on this dirt, this red turf
I fear I might disturb you
in your sleep, the wind
pours sorrow into my eyes
death peeled an onion
and the water is rising
I am scared to find your face
spread as the blues reflect
images of pain stitched by a lightening thread— who is the tailor putting patches together
to form a collage a pattern
of all the moods you’ve evoked
in a flash back that rolls in the sky
like it were a screen showing
what I’ll miss
thick clouds have invaded a convex mirror—
it reflects the affairs of shadows‎.