ABDICATION

Akunna James-Ibe

ABDICATION – Akunna James-Ibe

I unknotted braids of sunlight,
savoured the scalding,
flaunted the scars,
awaited your accolades.
Sunset licked the blueness out of the sky,
but you didn’t appear.

I scrubbed in suds of the wind,
with milk,
with honey,
with flaming incense.
For you my flesh was scoured,
but you didn’t touch me.

I feasted on every grain of your word,
with manna,
with wine,
with sweat,
yearning for satisfaction,
but you didn’t fill me.

Storried Abdication

I’m weary yet I haven’t begun the race,
I’ve run on rocky paths in the wrong shoes.
I’m sated yet my soul spews emptiness,
my vanity has clogged the space you should fill,
occupied the throne you should sit.

So I’m done trying,
So I’m done patching,
I’ve come as the broken piece of earthenware I really am,
to your pottery,
to be moulded all over again.

So I’m done trying,
So I’m done washing,
I’ve come as the filth I really am,
to your cross,
to be cleansed all over again.

And I’ll remain by that cross,
on that tree,
as I really am,
like Zacchaeus did,
till you appear,
till you see me,
till you dine with me,
till you finally whisper that I’m saved.

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ABDICATION

Akunna James-Ibe

I unknotted braids of sunlight,
savoured the scalding,
flaunted the scars,
awaited your accolades.
Sunset licked the blueness out of the sky,
but you didn’t appear.

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