Mammiwata Bay

by David Ishaya Osu


she walks out of silence.
and talks to her tail.
and all the silhouettes

in need
of a blue
surrounding:

a lake is
the dream we
all carry 

in our minds

a city
stuck in a
trance 

—in the left mirror
is a rainbow, a 

breeze
can carry on its
wings

on and on and on
she walks
back to
the lights
on the secrets of
a water skin 

that cannot stay in pictures

© Copyright David Ishaya Osu


David Ishaya Osu is a poet, memoirist, editor and street photographer.  His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies across Nigeria, Uganda, France, India, Ghana, South Africa, Bangladesh, the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, Austria, and elsewhere. He is an associate poetry editor with Plenitude, and the poetry editor of Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel. David has an MA in Creative Writing (with distinction) from the University of Kent, and is the author of the e-chapbooks: When I’m Eighteen (2020) and Once in a Blue Life (2020).


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