Poem 1 by Temitope Onakoya


Poem 1


for you.


on the best of days,

the skies do not fall to the ground

the earth spins slightly off axis

the seas barely hold back their rage.


angels do not watch you sleep anymore

instead they hold vigil at your door

praying to God to ease you of the pain

waving your demons away with lit up swords.


I am not who I used to be

the calm of still waters flow through my veins

cranes lay languidly in my skin

I am the bearer of the burdens of the goddess.


on the worst of days,

we are livid with the rage of our people

you are filled to the brim with tears left unshed

I am left as I am, wandering in the breeze.



Temitope Onakoya



Temitope Onakoya is "a barely there writer finding myself in places I did not know existed." You can follow her on Twitter @Tehmii_






Recent Posts

See All

Three Lunes by Rebecca Siegel

Three lunes All afternoon the sun hides as crows stalk over snow I fold my sadness into a crane with paper wings The winter sky fills with white stars Venus rolls backwards Rebecca Siegel Rebecca Sieg

Juicy/Filthy by Sophie Furlong Tighe

the word juicy juicy/like a mango/or a profound piece of theatre/or an original thought/extracted from an academic essay/like the drama/that you suck from a friend/the drama/you try not to spit out/li

Four Haiku by Ray Sharp

wolf moon wolf tracks through deep snow follow the old cow moose down in gullied moonlight northern sunrise bike wheels are spinning spoke prayers into the sky whipping up praise clouds early march ge

 © 2020 Dust Poetry Magazine

The copyright to all contents of this site is held either by Dust Poetry Magazine or by the individual poets, and none of the material may be used elsewhere without written permission. For reprint enquiries, please contact dustpoetrymagazine@gmail.com