one thing about distance
is that it can’t be found on any graph or map.
It’s that space between where you are and where I am.
This is not a story per se. Or the moment breeze sways a tree
and I am still watching its branches. You take the digger from a sister
and dig yourself a home. Many things are wrong in this place. Many things.
And the one thing free here are advices. Here has no one answer to its questions.
In the evenings, I sit by my balcony and watch the sun become the moon.
I even hold its rays in my palms just to hold it. I am not a pinch of red clay.
Your beards make you no handsome. Here, it makes you a suspect, a criminal.
You are stopped at every checkpoint. You are looked in the eyes as if you
stole a continent and have it tucked away in the pocket. Sometimes, I leave my
bed and stay up by the window, just to know how I am perceived by the world:
a portrait or a man by the window. The difference between everybody here is that
nobody is ever wrong. What money can’t do, more money will. And what more
money can’t do, more more money will. Nobody walks into his home without first
screaming guns. And each step made here is a year survived. Each night survived
here deserves an accolade. We do not come into this world eyes closed. We
come in partially blind and will leave partially blind. Many things. Many things are
wrong in this place. You take the dagger from a sister and dig yourself a home.
This is not a story per se. This is not a history in loops. Or a wandering truth.
Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto (@ChinuaEzenwa) is from Owerri-Nkworji in Nkwerre, Imo state, Nigeria and a lover of literature. He won the Castello di Duino Poesia Prize for an unpublished poem, 2018 which took him to Italy. He was the recipient of New Hampshire Institute of Art’s 2018 Writing Award, and also the recipient of New Hampshire Institute of Art’s 2018 scholarship to MFA Program. Some of his works have appeared in Lunaris Review, AFREADA, Rush Magazine, Kalahari Review, Palette, Knicknackery, Praxismagazine, Bakwa Magazine, Strange Horizons, One, Ake Review, Crannòg magazine and elsewhere.