GRIEF WILL REMAKE YOU
by Ernest Ogunyemi
Grief Will Remake You – First Runner-up of the 2019 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Contest (Poetry Category)
“Grief will probably/ redraft your whole/ anatomy”
I have just begun my walk out of dawn
& I have begun picking dead leaves.
I have never played so close to fire, but
hear, I know the language of been burnt.
my mother taught me, the taste of a live-coal
on a boy’s tongue, when she walked out of her body,
left it a snail shell. today, I forget the language of joy,
I forget how happiness grows into a sugary bird
filling every puff of cheek, nestling under the pave
of the tongue, hiding in the spaces between the teeth