In a bar
he stares across bubbles
dancing a million moves
stars across galaxies
each moving, lost in full amber.
Could be a story, he thinks
and a story sails to his mind:
one of a baby born
the tale of hope—maybe a son
then it switches to a life torn
the story of his own lost star
born from the rubbles
of evils forgotten, evils forgiven(?)
a man should not marry against the clan
but love puts a loud beat to the heart
to muffle the thunders of tradition’s wisdom
many more years and a lost hope
the times now coil on
preparing a road to a rope
In a bar
he looks up thinking
ten green bottles decorate the table
he’s sailing on a star
Star—share the brighter life
should there be any strife?
He thinks of a rope again...
a rope to string him to his beloved
life might have its strife
but the bubbles dance together
He rises staggering
ignoring the taunts to go home
a place he longs for, refreshed.
Su’eddie Vershima Agema won the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Joint Prize for Poetry 2014 with his book, Home Equals Holes: Tales one shouldn’t tell. His poem, ‘Tales one shouldn’t tell often’ was shortlisted for the Saraba/PEN Nigeria Poetry Prize 2013 while his short story collection, The Bottom of Another Tale was shortlisted for the Association of Nigerian Authors Prize for Prose 2014. He blogs at http://sueddie.wordpress.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @sueddieagema on Twitter.