Tuesday, December 1, 2009

At Twilight . . .

At twilight . . .

I slip through the wormhole –
across the rainbow –
this half-visible coloured torus.

I, walk the two-manifold-disc;
shape-shifter, shifting from
substance to non-matter, beyond

the wormhole, beyond the horizon’s
rim-thin reels of crimson,

as the sun with a jealous eye
kills the ageing night.

shape-shifter, shifting this
twisted tale of twilight –
this virgin vortex, beyond

blue rocks that kiss in doom, beyond
winged-ram-fleece, beyond
climes, where music thrills from strings stretched
from the sun –

The music of the Shining City,
weaned on the winding wish of the whirlwind . . .

There she stands . . .

There she stands,
Queen of my dreams –
her eyes –
twin lighthouses for
my storm-tossed soul . . .

Her tresses flirt
with the wayward wind –
coaxed air makes a lair in her hair . . .

I will watch the moon leave its hiding,
I will watch as nighttime falls,
I will watch her heart and read therein,

The beauty of it all . . .

Here, I stand,
washed by her eye’s pool,
here, I bow – captured – a slave,
not conquered by a sword – but a look.

Clasp the roaming wind . . .

Clasp the roaming wind, bend
its sinews to the east; it is not
its destiny to
sip the sop of Sisyphus . . .

Clasp the wind –
tease its veins . . . its flow,
towards the hearth where
the embers fail.

Ferry the cumulus;
wind-hinged vats of black milk –
storm cloud-blobs, which beat
their drip-drip-drip;

drops distilled from ashes
of a cremated creed . . .

And the wind goads the clouds
to balsam,

to knead,

immortal plumes from the ashes . . .

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


A wind-tossed leaf
with a voice -
soft fluff on the ripples of a breath,
flows to the end of an echo;

Lone leaf, learning
the lore
of the wilderness;

Lone pilgrim
of the Wild.

Friday, August 7, 2009


Swathe in the tenor
of the living air . . .


sconced in their
supple songs. Bright kernels.

Happy hills, collared by clouds
splaying sprinkles of gold
across the sea above,

Stem our Hearts

in the Chrysalis - the bud
between sunrise and our dream.
Shore the surf
In a merry scamper,

waves wading, the crisp chortle

of the sands.

Monday, August 3, 2009

A Dream Sequence

Soft flutter of wings . . .

Wisps of hair preens the breeze,
merry bells,


from between her lips . . .

My heart ticks
apace with the freezing heat - 
pure light - 

snow-white flash in tundra sheets . . .

Stillness becomes me - 
only a finger flickers,

as I, reaching still,

to touch her heart . . .

It flames!

Serenade - A New Moon

Silver tusk on the tired
shoulder of night . . .

Melody, quivering down the
string on your horns like
restless rivulets from rippling rain-reeds.

Brave harp,
daring the shadow
of clouds - life hanging;
swinging on a dream.

Cascading thoughts,
plump with the visions of night,
moonbeams raising stardust
as the furrows mount the mounds . . .

A bolder strain, yet, sweet lyre
for the sentient seeds;

Break the silence

on the plough . . .

The Brimming Chalice

Eyitemi Egwuenu's collection of poetry, The Brimming Chalice, is an attempt to grapple with the most subtle inflections of tone, colour and being.