Like sunset, you faded away
you took the rope, and left us with
pain, grief, & the body.
But how can a man make his body a
swinging freely from side to side,
painting every heart with grief?
But if humans hang themselves,
what will be the fate of a bulb?
Depression is everywhere,
last night she taught me how to knot a tie.
Does knotting ties take away pain?
As you call it your last,
think of the dangling body–think of those who will find it
and those who will miss you.
why not give the curtain a chance
to open the bright new day?
About the Author
ÓKÓLÍ STEPHEN NÓNSÓ is a poet and an essayist from Nigeria. He is the winner of 2014 SOASA AIFCE creative writing competition in poetry. He believes in the power of pen and the positive difference it can make in our world. His poems have appeared in Tuck magazine, Praxis magazine, Adelaide literary magazine New York and elsewhere. He writes from Lagos, Nigeria. His poems come from the heart and a desire to share words of joy and happiness. He believes that poetry can be used as a tool to solving societal ills.