Geosi Gyasi Debuts

DANCE FOR MOTHER

by Geosi Gyasi

Our heritage is rooted
in the hearts of our women
who through many toils & heartbreaks,
bring forth weeping babies
at the stroke of dawn when oura
men are deeply asleep.

My mother died a painful death after my birth.
The oracle of the village cast a
dice of death upon our house
that the belly of any womb
shall die at labour.

The Abusuapanyin’s attempt to
overturn the curse ended with death.
The sky turned the back of her palm
against my mother.

Even the outpouring of libations by the
fetish priest could not save her life.
She left me to a world where the sun
turned black in my eyes.

Yesterday, at the center of our compound,
I undressed & openly danced azonto to
the ghostly tunes from the cemetery,
in honour of the woman who saved
me eighteen years ago,
through her bitter death.

SOMEWHERE IN DURBAN
by Geosi Gyasi

Somewhere in Durban—
One early morning,
I arise to the snoring of ghosts.
My heart beats like thunderbolt.
I walk over the dead soil.
Skeletons sing melodious tunes
like angels in Heaven.
By midnight, the moon
rests upon the new entrants of
ghosts & assigned strange roles.
Each new day is a new story:
of bodies that perish in the street
of ghosts.
The city lives with a nightmare—
of ghosts that yell to come back to earth.
When the snowy winter sets in,
the ghosts too weary of the cold,
cower in their rotten coffins.

AS THE WORLD PLOUGHS A CRACK IN OUR HEARTS
by Geosi Gyasi

I glance through my windows
as the world ploughs a crack in our hearts.

My father runs away from home
the day mother’s illness worsens.

For months, there is scarcity
of food on the table

‘til a new man
fills the void.

My little sister frowns
to the new entrant.

Mother dips her head in the acidity of the past
& lives in the boredom of the old room

Despite how fully charged the new man
ejaculates. Oftentimes, I wonder how long

mother will continue to dwell in the past
even as her health ameliorates.

 

 

Geosi Gyasi is a book blogger, reader, writer, and interviewer. His work has appeared or forthcoming in Visual Verse, Verse-Virtual, Piker Press, Misty Review, Silver Birch, Linden Avenue, Brittle Paper and elsewhere. He is a reader for the U.S based literary magazine, Indianola and the author of the forthcoming book of interviews (2016) from Lamar University Press Books in Texas, U.S. He is the winner of the 2015 Ake/Air France Prize for Prose. He blogs at http://www.geosireads.wordpress.com”

 

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