Fire and Light, poems by Christina Adepoju
Aren’t you afraid of what this will do?
What you thought would keep the hurt out
Is growing inside while slowly killing you
You feel compelled to emit lately?
Does your skin not recoil in disgust and fear
When being kissed by a thousand suns daily?
To create the appearance of illusions?
Or did you truly destroy every good thing
As your final act of retribution?
But you feel like that’s all you’ll ever know
You’ll find the strength to quench your flames
And plant new seeds to help you grow
So you can walk to your rightful place
Because when a true queen has fallen down
She rises again with dignity and grace
To share my secrets and share my pain
So that I will no longer feel heavy
Maybe the day I share my pain
Is the day the sea will hold my hand
Not to punish me but to drown my sorrows
And wash the old away
One day, I’ll arise anew and let go of the sea’s hand
So that I can walk with Happiness instead
Make this heart of stone soft-river its way to freedom
Because all I dream to be is light