Beyond the capricious workings
of fate of a son born first, he pacifies
the earth of birth-in-progress.
Beyond the contumacious ills of
culture routines, he’s a doco on
the workings of a boy-in-progress.
Born before the birth of your birth
at Room18, third floor, Korle-Bu
your face pops-up like a mythic
tableaux, on your coming, out of
your mother’s pouch, as a marsupial.
Thunder sparkles from the onset
Relatively spices the heart with bile
before the beginning & end, afterwards:
time fades into the zoom of tenebrous.
beatific gifts of arms decorates the baby,
Tunes of baby songs rapture the
room & brubru shrike sings from the
Rooftop. three years of backlog of stunted growth
the neighbourhood jeers at: unspeakable
mouth, words wolfed down by living dwarfs,
up the mountain, blanketed by shrubs.
The habitués of a frying home, the cooking pot
Reddens, bathes the unspoken son.
He’s hot & we’re cold. When shall language be
thrown into his mouth?
A cabal of priests swells up our home one day,
In vain to uproot the clot of words
Lumped up in his throat.
Son’s feet ply the square of
The room as square root of two, & the four corners
Raced about in guarded roaming.
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