Poetry: The Fault In Our Stars By Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale

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There is a way to hold creation in your tongue
The way a boy folds his dreams
In his mother’s eyes
In my head are a million cities
With skies that holds broken stars
I have learnt that the stars are virgins with
stolen pride
And no longer have a place in the heart of the

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I met two men in my sister’s voice
Blood and history-living in a dark room
Somewhere in the way she moans and dies
In between her legs are a long queue of women-
mother, your mother and their mother
Waiting to be named after god’s heart
Where men only hears the silence in their
sister’s cries
And call it beauty of dead places

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A girl wraps the moon in her chest
And sank into elegies and dirges
She said there is a way memories burn
When they are kept too close to the sun
Nature is a woman, cursed by her own shadows
It’s the reason she cuddle herself in the flames
of burnt men
Whose ashes became dusty roads in her eyes

I was told the earth once walked out of her
Sometimes in the days where beauty was sold
for a token
When the water in a woman’s eyes is thicker
Than the blood that flows from between her legs
When a boy spits in his father’s face
And call it freedom of expression
For the world is nothing but fading memories,
praying to stay alive

The fault in our stars

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Is in the way they watch in silence
How a boy dies in his mother’s arms
How he became a wall, full of scars
Trying to hold pictures with wounded memories
It’s in the way, they watch a girl child
Broken into diverse tongues and languages
How they watch in silence, when she’s burnt and
buried in her eyes


Olabisi Abiodun Akinwale is a Nigerian poet who hails from Boripe local government area of osun state. He’s a science oriented student who fell in love with the beauty of art. He resides and write from Jos, Plateau state.

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