There’s this picture of James Baldwin and Nina Simone, he has his arm
her, and is smiling with all his teeth. James has huge long teeth.
He is holding his friend, his Nina, as if to say there
will be no use for this turmoil of living if not
for friendships and happiness and smiling with huge long teeth.
Friendships to hold you, serve you the biggest and
wildest of grins and bite deep into your
flesh and heart and tenderness and humanness
with their long huge teeth. There’s
this picture of James Baldwin
and Nina Simone, There’s
this picture of
Time has come to let them hang
Let them fall
My legs cannot out run your voice
Even now I am tired of your voice
Of (your) love
Or what you call it
Time has come to let my curls hang
On my forehead
From my fore head
Holding on to what is left
What you have not detangled in the name of love
What I can be when you’re gone.
the voice of God.
For the rains will surely come
down The clouds have been
sprayed grey and
starting to crown
and those lazy white birds that
prefer to walk everywhere are
and some trees are dancing the
and some, responding with only
a few unwilling nods
and we, in this room
with steel ears that do not
know the voice of God.
Ebube is a writer from Nigeria. She enjoys everything that is pure and art. When she isn’t writing she creates beautiful digital interfaces. Find her on Twitter @justEbube