“Poem X” by Stanley Princewill McDaniels


i feel like an
empty baseball field-
serene, empty & free
like space
each time the gates of your memory
shot itself in my head,
each time i do not think
of you;
my heart becomes a ship
without an anchor,
an empty longvehicle
without doors, blistering
for you cease
to love me & i have become
a brown box in your basement
i loved you, i loved the woman
in you, i loved every cranny
of your body even places
you never knew existed
until my hands & eyes & lips
became excited tourists
exploring every home & metropolis
in your planet
i loved you, but i will forget you
as you have forgotten me,


i will forget you
as one might forget
the face of a passing stranger
with an enchanting perfume


Stanley Princewill McDaniels is a Nigerian poet & realist who believes that humans are their own strangers; a mere sketch of that which dwells within. His works have appeared in The Kalahari Review, Tuck Magazine, Sentinel Quarterly Magazine, Brittlepaper amongst others. He lives in Lagos.


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