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Sarkin Pawa pours into terror and love is not enough pill



SARKIN PAWA POURS INTO TERROR AND LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH PILL.

If and only if you are born in Sarkin Pawa,
You cannot carry the insecurities in your mouth with gaping quiet.

We built the houses from the same mud God created the violence
And only demanded a little from the peace it bred.

Our loneliness is more like water and how it erases the scar-shaped
Names off our forehead; the roots we have soared and fell back into.

Sarkin Pawa no longer spits the wholeness it swallowed,
A lot of things have changed. The people look exquisite as terror.

Blood and water, something you pick from a war and bring home.
To survive your hometown, love is not enough pill, there is a larger

War and you might not dissolve. It’s why group of boys in trance
Are allowed to raise their names to the clouds and sing rain,

Drink water and drown like this is how it feels to be part of a lyric
In secular music. There is a time portal for a larger love,

Finding your throat-sized morsel is what matters.
The terror in human nature is like a cup half broken and half full

And unable to cup it own chaos into the soil; a way to say a garden
Is a graveyard for beautiful things; say, man is not beautiful:

saltwater barricading the reality of a glimmering snapshot.
The terror in human nature is his ability to mouth a cold bellum sacrum

Through seventh grade and spit it into his brothers farm, like saying,
Here, grow, everything ugly deserves peace.

About this poem

It’s a poem primarily about insecurity and how it affects a writers ability to be free in a not so free environment, other sub themes in the poem include nature, love as home, shame and grief

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Written on July 13, 2022

Submitted by abdulrazaqsalihu9 on July 28, 2022

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Scheme X XX XX XX XA BA XX XX XX XX XB XX
Closest metre Iambic octameter
Characters 1,451
Words 298
Stanzas 12
Stanza Lengths 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2

Abdulrazaq salihu

Abdulrazaq Salihu, he is a Nigerian teen author. He is the author of Constellations (poetry 2022) and Hiccups (prose 2022). He is a member of the hilltop creative arts foundation, a poetry editor at teen lit journal, a poetry reader at OneBlackBoyLikeThatReview, a poetry reader At fiery scribe review and a poetry intern at Ebo Quills as well as a member of the panel for The Nigerian review. He won the 2022 masks literary magazine poetry award, BPKW poetry contest, Nigerian prize for teen authors (poetry), splendors of Dawn poetry foundation poetry and short story contest, a two time most valuable contestant at HIASFEST and more. He has his works published/forthcoming in Brittle paper, Nixes mate review, Icefloe, Kalahari review, Masks literary magazine, Better than Starbucks, Pine Cone review, Angel rust, Rogue, Black moon magazine, Konya shamrumi and elsewhere. He twits @Arazaqsalihu and can be found on Instagram as : abdulrazaq._salihu. more…

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