THE WATER FROM THE FIRMAMENT by Nwachukwu Olusegun Nwachukwu

Who has angered the heavens

That they should expectorate vehemently upon us?

Who has pinched off the skin of the sky

That it should bleed cats and dogs?

The garment of the welkin

Drains its water, as it is squeezed mercilessly,

Upon us;

The tears of the clouds

Poke our flesh like slanting swords,

Gluing our robes to our skins.

Who has angered the heavens

That they should expectorate vehemently upon us?

Who has pinched off the skin of the sky?

For its blood shall not clot anytime soon;

It will flood and forcefully flow away

Life and lifeless things…

This garment of the welkin

Drains its water – that turns our aluminum sheets to Bata

Upon us,

And we dance to its rhythm:

Cold and cough-related conditions.

*Batá – a double-headed drum shaped like an hourglass with one cone larger than the other. The percussion instrument is used primarily by the Yoruba tribe.

Nwachukwu Olusegun Nwachukwu, 17, is a Nigerian gospel writer whose works border around God, nature and amenities. His works have been published in Nigerian NewsDirect newspapers, Kalamu Review Magazine, and so on. Read his blog today – reformednation.blogspot.com.ng.

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