Nana S. Achampong
Mar. 12, 2012
valentine's day? some coital travesty, valentine.
that senseless season to sell passes with design
tortures my frail senses like yesterday's menses
in my chest as the rest of my being condenses.
mr. sandman, will you do your silly little trick
and induce upon me deep sleep through thick
and when I'm fully entombed in your quarantine
please wed my sensibilities to that of a philistine
who feasts at the ides of romantic February
madly in the gory pleasures of this cemetery,
slapping bitches absurd with the bloody strips
peeled with glee from goat and canine hips?
I wonder which part is light, and which dark,
which fear to ignore, and which one to hark,
for her drama is lightening in my black sky
when she flashes my heart with her smile wry.
her angelic skin spells doom against mine:
like polished ore awastin' in a collapsing mine
her tantalizing cold swarms against my heat,
pure clean coal burning in a deathly heap.
when we get separated closely by this passion,
even the elements must proceed with caution;
my piercing jazz sits straight opposite her soul,
the earth drags my heart from chest to my sole.
her breath whispers like a brush on my shy lashes
cooling the lava inside my volcano like ashes.
my response feeds the bad, bad beast in her hips
like volatile gasoline sprinkled on inflamed lips.
and now, here I am, losing sleep through dreams:
what ever happened when we swam up streams?
her detached mind then like a pendulum of sort,
always swinging back and forth, back and forth
a little sunshine, some rain, left and then right,
then joy, and some pain, from side to side.
you could call it a dereliction of simple duty,
abandoning me, leaving property unattended to.
deep black then white; all of life's tricky quizzes:
light, heavy, extreme chiaroscuro, that's what it is,
for still I long for her; while she, she shorts for me -
I the fly, she the gnat; I'm her pollen, she's my bee.
yet our destinies be entwined in a constricting knot
making me ramble on and on like an expletive nut
towards towers in chasms, and mountains in valleys
hiding in open spaces, and basking in plain alleys.
still, she's such a star, shining away my shadow,
defining my essence to the core of the marrow,
this pagan valentine who of naught wrought
stark night against the day that love brought