This is How to Stay Safe

Author(s) : Nwuguru Chidiebere Sullivan ,
poetry, issue-three

I wish to crawl back, dissolve into memories, I wish
to watch time unfolding into the giggles of a lad chewing candies,
by extending the borders of these confined spaces.

Persuade the earth to fly me like a paper plane
into the film of that camera capturing the catalogs of our memories,
I want the songs of Ejegha on repeat—let
it play me into the arms of yesterday, memories
are now livelier than today; let me take

a nap there. I want to tap the certainty
in the past coz its tail and head
rest on the sketches in my palms. I want those comforting cabins,
room cupping libraries into its warm fold and, perhaps,

imbue the sweet fragrance of old books.
Persuade the earth to lengthen the confinement of this space, we’re grafting
our names that failed to stand on the world wide web
into cobwebs in these locked rooms.

We’re preying on memories, my fantasies
are worshiping the prices I cannot afford.
Let me crawl back into memories,
perhaps that’s the best way to stay safe.


Nwuguru Chidiebere Sullivan is a budding writer from the Ebonyi State of Nigeria. He writes autobiographically about life, the boy-child, and about multiple aspects of the ebbing African culture. He is a penultimate Medical Laboratory Science student with lots of unpublished works to his credit. His works have been published at Quills, Ace World, Trouvaille Review, Ducor Review, The Lake, LiteLitOne, Inverse Journal, The SprinNG, Journal Nine, e.t.c. and has also contributed to several anthologies. He was the winner of the 2018 FUNAI Crew Literary Contest.