Idō _ Movement
artwork by Athiba Balasubramanian
Striving for balance in these uncertain times with a 3rd invisible element that seems to be teaching us a lesson on priorities, life, and nature.
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How a Boy
poem by Timi Sanni
like a loose knot / carrying his father’s words
like a gust of wind / between unfolding fists:
son, bodies do not run / from bodies.
Here, in Houdini’s temple/ where the shadow
of my lover / is the emptiness / of a hollow,
I learn / that distance between two bodies /
is an elegy / to the death that lives / within shards
of a fractured heart / that a foreign touch / is a miracle
when your world / is a six-foot cage / holding the darkness
of a metal grave. I once owned a bird / which
carried its broken wings/ like questions marks/ asking:
If a distant love / cannot take two names, is absence loss /
or longing? & How do you name a child born /
of silence? I become undone / like a woman
back stepping / into her past, searching /
for eluding shapes / in the shadow of a memory.
a lonely silhouette lies
within the four walls of this house
of unbecoming, where my shadow calls
to the sun in the voice of an echo, in the name
of Papa. I once heard father say,
that the absence of bodies
is only a poverty of the flesh,
so in the making of solitude,
I fork into crossroads of thoughts, praying
to become a melody, to become a petal
but the night drapes me in darkness & I
become an empty body / a lone star
giving wrong coordinates
in my delirium.
Half Lights and Empty Bodies
poem by Timi Sanni
Timi Sanni is a Nigerian writer and literary enthusiast studying Biochemistry at Lagos State University, Nigeria. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in Radical Art Review, Writers Space Africa, Ethel Zine, Cypress, Rather Quiet and elsewhere. He recently won the SprinNG Poetry Contest and is the recipient of the Fitrah Review Prize for Fiction 2020.When not writing or studying, he is either painting or exploring new places. He is an editor for Kalopsia lit.