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Mark Nwagwu

Worse Makes Better

my husband has grown worse
over the years
and i in time
have become better

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Rough Diamond

Who made that first cut
aiding nature
to show her stature
brilliance of light
reflected in colours of delight
Rough diamond
prism of marriage bond

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Are you ever so happy

Are you ever so happy
you want the day
to spread into eternity

Are you ever so happy
you look at the soil
and see it grows flowers in your eyes

Are you ever so happy
you want the universe
to collapse into you

Are you ever so happy
you feel your heart
contains all of heaven

That's what love does
And all creation lives in you
Merry Christmas, Helena

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The last of the sunny-sides-up

'Twas your birthday
the sixtyfifth
March twentytwo
retirement too

Morning came
living love aflame
breakfast the game

I asked, with teeth holding flower
What should it be, dear
sunny-side-up, your answer
and I was gripped with fear

cracked the egg
into the pan
and waited
for sun-up ripening
yolk still running

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What is it you're saying

What is it you're saying
that anyone
who looks like you
attracts me

and I say
why not

but you say
she can't be like me

She may look like me
but her mind
is not my mind
her laughter
is not my laughter
her fevers
not my fevers
and more

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In The Streams Of Your Eyes

what a life we’ve had
and have
time immeasurable in times so limited
and all the earth melts into a spot
my spotless joy grows gardens uncountable
woody hibiscus nestles gardenias
creation anew on wedding anniversary

the universe basks in your eyes
nature’s masterpiece swirls therein
the rainbow in dance adorns your brow
drums triumphant leap on your eyelids
anoint my soul
render me fluid
in the streams of your eyes

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From The Terrace

White house
brown roof
windows with outsretched arms
speak to my eyes
urging acceptance

Walls lift roof to gray sky
breeze flowing through the columns
floor, not for walking
but for ascending
request my steps
to be uplifted

Arches curve upwards
and downwards
dancing like the waves
invite me to join
all is in place
all agog with excitement

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Will you marry me

Seven years old in primary school
1944 up and running
and you in diapers one year on milk
1943 gave us your eyes

What if you I tell you I don’t know sums
and ran from whipping from teacher so furious
can’t stand a boy strange to addition
division too complex for hoarding mind

Ran away to escape the whip
spent the hours in hiding far from home
unknown to dad with a bigger cane for truant son
teacher and father in perfect agreement

What if I came and said, marry me
tattered running nose and all divided
don’t add up to much can’t multiply
would you take me in as you do now

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Enter the poem

Come in enter the poem
why stand there like an iceberg out of sorts
in the tropics dripping noise baked
in fiery waters.

Come in enter the poem
lyrical veins of solemn silence
balls of verbs rolled into joy
subjects at the sharpened fore
fill your past tensed famished soul
on buffets of adverbial gourmet

Come in enter the poem
peace reigns in restful phloem
rhyming tendrils comb your hair
adjectives in starchy flair
sweet the smell of inflorescence
atop the noun of lofty essence

Come in enter the poem

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