beneath the waves

on April 21, 2021
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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.