Ayok Ukpa Iba

24 Oct

Just in case the constellations align

in our favor

Just in case her members burn with delight

right above our temples

You will need these rules

for a healthier swim back.


Before you caress my essence

with your gaze

Before your compass locates my bearing

so you appear a ripple away from me

Before your pentadactyl emerges

for a gentle squeeze

And before your misty slugs tremble

to search for fluffy limericks

All in a bid to coerce me a second time,

Use your skull!


Because if you fail again,

I will entwine your arteries and veins

Then scramble the rhythm of your heart.

And unless my song is all a blur,

the next stroke will be the last of its kind.


We’ve reached our next concourse.

Dare to proceed?


Posted by on October 24, 2012 in Free Verse, Relationships


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4 responses to “Ayok Ukpa Iba

  1. Anon

    November 17, 2012 at 12:55 am

    An engineer in heels indeed! Your use of a medical and very technical lexicon to describe the frequently intangible aspects of a relationship bring a whole new level of intensity– and beauty– to this poem. Who ever said that the right and left brains work in opposites hadn’t read your art yet; your certainly unite the two effortlessly.

  2. memkoh

    November 19, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Wow! Thank you so much for that beautiful comment. I really appreciate your feedback.
    Don’t hesitate to let me know what changes you would like to see in any of my poems.
    Keep reading, keep smiling

  3. Damola Mabogunje

    December 26, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Memkoh, I am afraid… very afraid. LOL.
    Well done! I didn’t know you wrote until now…

    • memkoh

      December 27, 2013 at 12:20 am

      hahaha! Damzy I don’t bite! (I take my fangs out from time to time). lol.
      Thanks a lot for reading. I’ve stifled my writing side for too long but it keeps haunting me. :s


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