Poem of the week – Ode to your prime by Taiwo Oloyede

I see the arc of rainbow by the

corridors of your innocence

a thousand tongue ushering

in the glow of your emergence

into something pure

round the edges

the earth curls round the

tip of your sole

as sea waves around seashells

to suckle at their ornate glow

you glide in the ebullient rush

of lovers’ promises and struts the way

the sun climbs to see the bare

skins of igneous rocks

you, an aftermath of volcanoes

to pillow the day to anticipations

you are the firmament

the roof of premonitions

the wheel of joy and the lash of rain

on burning sulfur

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