beneath the waves

by
on April 21, 2021
I am not terrified 
of the dark. I do not know 
if the arms of God 
would hold me 
like poetry has done 
every time my floater resurfaces 
as I spiral beneath the waves. 
 
When I break, does God break too?
Why must I do all the breaking alone? 
Look at all the healing 
this body has had to betray 
breaking itself over and over.  

Iyanuoluwa  Adenle is a poet and essayist from Nigeria. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in Kalahari Review, African Writer, Empty Mirror, Onejacar, Lolwe, Kissing Dynamite and elsewhere.