the radiance of belief
today, the sun suspends before you, striking your skin with a million burns.
something else spills gasoline in your innards & wills flames to life from
scratching a matchstick. perhaps it’s the yearning, splinters stinging the heart
until it grasps desire. or the anxiety of existing in a world where dreams
are unparalleled to reality. there are countless means to identify a soul starved
of love & possibilities. one: the eyes no longer inhabits the radiance of belief.
say the square root of living without glee is minus life. say you’re a day away
from becoming the boy who merged with his shadow in a candle lit room.
& that’s why yesterday, after watching Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, you ran
backwards into your home. a pint of madness, a hunger for excitement.
Praise Osawaru (he/him) is a writer of Bini descent. A Best of the Net nominee, his work appears or is forthcoming in FIYAH, Frontier Poetry, Down River Road, The Maine Review, The Lit Quarterly, and Roadrunner Review, among others. An NF2W Poetry scholar, he's the second-place winner of the Nigerian NewsDirect Poetry Prize 2020 and a finalist for the 2021 Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize & the 2020 Awele Creative Trust Award. He's a reader for Barren Magazine and Chestnut Review. Find him on Instagram & Twitter: @wordsmithpraise.
Uncovered logs from the distant past and the future beyond.