Embers of Coal
(For Yaoundé ‘92)
Some things refuse to go the way of all things
Like you reaching out to say hello all these years
Arriving each time like expected rain
Watering the dry riverbed of memories
With sharp refreshing arrows of rain
Under your gaze I am not afraid to be me
Pushing the frontiers of my being and nestling
in the warmth of your virtual breath.
Steeped in the mutual longings of two decades
We squashed distances at a button’s touch.
What does it matter where you are and
What dreams my nights now carry?
Who measures the taste of honey
on longing tongues? or firmness of
a nipple in a child’s waiting mouth?
In the mirror’s reflection I see my eyes
A harvest of questions blinking, dous
-ing fires raging in narrow valleys,
Yet the embers of coal remain hot,
Waiting and wanting your whiff of wind