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Incognitus Spectrum by Délé Adélàmí

Updated: May 10, 2021

Photograph by Tammy Pineda (https://www.instagram.com/tnpineda/)


There on the sea, it stood like a lonely bird,

And her eyes sparkled like a diamond in the night.

As it walked in my sun-down mind and pulled a liver to its end,

There was a silent cry on the down-town abhor of my crippled heart.

There on the sea, it stood like a lonely bird,

And her body burned like flames—her face like the heaven’s ray.

No one ever knew who this “was”—sometimes, she was a dwarfish Jew,

And other times, he was like a meek Goliath with his mighty height.

Though it felt a bit cold at dawn,

Her cloak was always warm.

As she tossed her chances in the windy air,

The head is what we saw.

“I am the world and word that saves,”

That’s the thing he said,

But with great confusion in our eyes,

We failed to see our end.

In the end, cannons, curbs and wail wrecked our bay,

While a cold whisper echoed:

“Where is our sailor—our mistress who’s light and gay?”


Délé Adélàmí is an emerging Nigerian literary artist; poet, satirist, playwright, photographer, an art aesthetician: and also, he is the founder and editor-in-chief of the River Bird Magazine. He currently studies English and Literary Studies at Kogi State University (as at year 2020), but residentially writes from Ondo State. As a result of his passion for art, he revolutionalizes literature as not just a genre of content, but of form (aesthetic beauty of art) and tries to refill the long-lasting dichotomy between language and meaning (semantics).


Read other published work: https://www.allearsindia.com/weekly-publications

Edited by: Oskar Leonard (https://oskarleonard.wordpress.com/)

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