Oladejo Abdullah Feranmi
Oladejo Abdullah Feranmi is a writer, haikuist and a veterinary medicine student from Nigeria. A Thomas Dylan shortlist and a Pushcart nominee, He reads submissions at Sea Glass Literary Magazine and edits for the Incognito Press. His works are published in Gone Lawn, Hooligan Magazine and more.
He tweets from @tinybecomings
The skeleton and the wardrobe
I keep dressing my grief in different ways,
hoping someday it can be invited to a timeless party
where everything is embraced
regardless of the beholder's eyes.
Yesterday, I was with someone, sharing my sorrow
that I'm merely breathing to survive.
They smiled, their smile seemingly endless,
and confirmed they are living to breathe.
They suffer from asthma, while I still have control over my lungs.
At times, I still marvel at my hands and wear time
on my wrist. I step into it, and sometimes I step out
to observe the wrinkles attempting to fade
into the arrival of dawn. My grief resembles theirs,
yet I still find ways to escape and slip into sleep.