Every Young Poet by Kwabena Agyare Yeboah

by Leslie Anne Mcilroy


every young  poet who dies is chemtrail  in the skies
with its nodes as stars that watch over us in the night
every young poet who dies is a letter that gets missing from alphabet

in kabul     a girl smuggles her life through telephone lines
to a faraway land where she  can wiggle, spew landai
in baga     a boy  postpones his dreams and sings songs that polish his death
in garissa       lifetimes file out like shadows, like onions being
chopped on a kitchen board
in chibok    a father assembles himself in daughter's bedroom
like he's expecting parcel from the post office
a mother is temple with her god stolen
she dies every day by the

river she is weed in rice farm

there is poetry

in the voices of children who recall magic from the wind
in boys whose fleet of muscles reinvent azonto
in girls whose fingers  wander in puzzles

every young poet who dies is an unrequited love to history
every young poet who dies is a library set ablaze by its own sun

for every young poet who dies everything is poetry
for every young poet who dies this poem does not end


Photo of Kwabena Agyare Yeboah

Photo of Kwabena Agyare Yeboah

Kwabena Agyare Yeboah lives and writes from Kumasi, Ghana.