A Testament of Bloom
Tonight, when it gets to midnight,
I will allow a scalpel kiss the throat
of my dream. Watch it bleed crimson
into the cloud of my bedsheet. I would
see my childhood fantasies slithering
through the pain & strain of adulthood.
Tonight, when the nightingale begins
to sing. I would beg her to sing my
grief to slumber. Whisper sweet nonsense
to the stenosis disturbing my cardiac
rhythm. I would tell her to tell momma
that her son has become an amalgam
of sweetened melancholy & a thing too
heavy for a flight with the wind. Oh!
Blessed One, sprinkle ethanol on my
anxieties. & stuff this body with
tranquility. See how the taste of smile on
my tongue depicts that of blood & I am
a bible verse on a dying atheist lips. Sour,
too minute to satiate his disbelief at the
brink of reality. There's no data in dreamland
to hotspot my memory off the stench of
nostalgia. My mother always say, swim. So
I, clasp my winglike hands & plunge,
head first, in the pool of her supplications.
Like the holy communion, it purges me clean.
I become a martyr for this religion.
Joshua Effiong [He] is a Nigerian writer and a lover of literature. His works has appeared in Eboquills, Kalahari Review & Shallow Tales Review. He is an author of a poetry chapbook Autopsy of Things Left Unnamed. When he is not writing, he is reading, watching movies and listening to music. An undergraduate of Science Laboratory Technology. He lives in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. And here he writes from. You can find him on Instagram @josh.effiong and twitter @JoshEffiong.