To Gain the Taste of Living

I furnish my nails with the last paste heaving out of my body, to meet my paws empty

& my thumb with no runway weaving through each other like too much of a bent creek would
clean it's spot.

a quickie is everything to remind this body that life too is short.

so like a veteran, i do this gently with a knifing object to my wrist, scraping out the bite of the
days this body has stayed with no luster.

no odour to call it's own, & the burden of it's shadow staggering into faint bulbs to die.

i leak my portrait into a caving wood.

a bright frames it up & made me into a tourist site.

i am at peace with those moments it takes a young girl to dust my skin & linger a little on my

most times, my ear stirs a lake of silence sifting into the depth of a strange hand, where my
collar becomes the next twig for lapping oranges that fumes into lime,

& fondling shrubs that bleeds into a sick jaw.

a dew touches my root to tint this body with calmness.

my seed cups into this misfortune,

the shrapnel beneath me seizing a part of my lifetime.

so many loopholes drenches this land to a pulp,

yet, being here means stamping that shrapnel out with my feet & bathing the loopholes with
enough thyme to gain the taste of living.

Nnadi Samuel is a graduate of English & literature from the University of Benin. His works have been previously published in Suburban Review, Seventh Wave Magazine, PORT Magazine, Gordon Square Review, Rough Cut press, Rigorous Magazine, Blue Nib journal, Stonecrop Review, The Elephant Magazine, Lunaris Review, Inverse Journal, Canyon Voices, The Collidescope, Jams & Sand magazine, Journal Nine, & are forthcoming in Liquid Imagination, The Quills, Eunoia Review & elsewhere. He won the Canadian Open Drawer contest 2020. He won the Splendor of Dawn Poetry Contest April 2020, got shortlisted in the annual Poet's Choice award & was the second-prize winner of the EOPP 2019 contest. A longlist of the NSPP 2020 prize. He is the author of "Reopening of Wounds" & "Subject Lessons" (forthcoming). He reads for U-Right Magazine. He tweets @Samuelsamba10.