DEPARTURE by Roman Oriogun
I came across these poems on Brittle Paper while on a bus ride. I remember the poet’s name from the 14:We are Flowers Anthology I read last year. I enjoyed Departure. My heart aches with each line and smiled with others.
“i was born to be darkness hiding under a cave
& i know the weight of exile in a body”.
The first poem called Departure artistically narrates being queer in a dangerous and unaccepting place and painful departure of lovers to better places. It paints the experience of being gay in Nigeria where it is illegal and punishable by imprisonment or death by a mob. The poems are informal using imagery, repition, first person and stream of consciousness narrative techniques. These all make me love the poems.
“The streets hum with voices,
vehicles run into the rising sun,”
The above lines are an example from the second singing poem, Kumbaya. The last poem Saddest Night Alive, also narrates a tale of a distraught lover, fragile love, longing and nightmares of being killed.
“I’m learning how to live with this fear of not finding love”.
I can say the above sentence is one that echoes a fear of mine. Why is it so difficult to find someone to genuinely love me for more than a minute?
Click the Brittle Paper link to read the poem. Share your thoughts on longing for love from a departing lover.