By Hassan Usman
I still don’t know how you, a star, fell from
the sky into my body.
How you knew there was gloom lurking under
the blackness of my skin.
I caught myself saying I didn’t deserve this light,
this love, this rebirth;
for you, in your luminousness, had chased
every piece of darkness out of me.
I held love in your eyes, not just love but also light
kept holding me back.
You shawled me around your back & led me to where
joy settles in the morning.
& gently, gently, gently, you coloured my footprints
See, it’s only the year that ends, I’ll keep wearing its miracles
& memories like a golden bracelet
—allowing those magical moments we had adorn me.
So I still remember it all, those days you gathered my tears &
morphed them into a sea with sparkling waters,
those nights your voice bloomed the withering roses in my heart,
those months in isolation, & how you still reached for me in
Now, 365days gone, I sit close to your heart, writing you this poem.
Hassan Usman, pen-named Billiospeaks, is 2/4 of Next Generational Poets. He studies Counselor Education at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State. He sees poetry as a way of relieving stress and filling up emptiness.
His works have appeared in The Shallow Tales Review, Write The World, WattNigeria, and elsewhere. He enjoys listening to Nigerian street music and exploring the fashion world.