A number of souls are being entertained
by your air gulps, frightened shivers,
stuttering tunes and hopeful chords.
Your brain convinces your throat to
purge out troubled words of the last song
you heard in church.
A bald man with brows that seem
to have been eaten by the dead
and an ugly scar he probably got
from fighting to take them back to hell
just after their morning bath.
Delusional, you say
but you know that the ulcerated intestines
and broken hearts floating in the air aren’t
creations of your schizophrenic mind.
Cold boxes are freeing their insides and as you turn to flee,
corpses, your entourage, smack their phalanges
in harmony, praising you for your bravery
and awaiting your return.
Yvonne Nezianya is a Nigerian writer who writes to tell silenced stories of young girls and people facing mental health issues. Her short story, Wonders of Spirits, was shortlisted for the K and L Prize 2020. Her works have appeared in Glass Poetry, Afritondo, Green Black Tales and elsewhere.