dance of gods
A boy who smelled of fear and gore visited a grave of
mummified gods on the bay of the Nile in search for
elixirs, doses of nostrums that could heal wounds of
sorrows and grief inflicted on his kind by ruins of war
He had seen zygotes of dreams which formed in the
fertile womb of hope exhumed, served as victuals to
men who laugh and defecate bombs and missiles
He had watched as the python of healing on the aged
staff of Asclepius, the Greek god of health, got strangled
by an unnamed disease, he had also witnessed the
ruthless lynching of Eirene on the highest peak of the
pyramids, how her body was replaced by Medusa,
the magus of the east who turns forces of good and
great into stones
I heard him say quietly in his native language “i better find this”_
but after long hours of search, all he saw were craniums of
dead men throwing parties, some dreaming and hoping for a
time when splinters of their bones will metamorphose into
molecules of actualities.
TASTE OF WITS II
On a voyage to world’s end, we met a boy in the northern
pyramids of the Sahara cloaked in greyish rag of dust and dearth
His wits were a breed of Socrates nous, an annex of Solomon’s
connoisseur, unveiling to us several conundrums which dated
back to medieval climes.
We watched him dissect rusted cadavers of enigma, exhuming
secrets behind downfalls of puissant kings, the slight trueness
in Delilah’s facade of love, the tint of folly in Ahitophel’s wit and
several mercies hidden in Hitler’s armageddon.
He was a prodigy, a dexter in his profession, illustrating with
grandiose gestures how sagacity was exorcised from craniums
of celibate ghosts martyred on stakes by a noxious disease during
the great plagues.
Lastly he awed us with a display of magic, he turned snores of a
voyager who had been bored by his lecture into notes, f-majors,
similar to the noise engines make after long hours of work.
Daniel Ezeokeke is a writer who hails from the
ancient city of Anambra State, Nigeria.
He sees poetry as a means of escapism from
a society undergoing decay and degradation.
He is currently a graduate from a Nigerian
university and loves philosophy, Jewish writings