/Beloved/ The most beautiful thing I've ever felt is you, and I remain convinced that the most beautiful thing I've ever felt is still you. The nectar of your nether lips reminds me of the full thickness of the pineapple cream which is the taste of your tongue the night it captured me in its embrace — beneath the bright lights of the milky moon spilling through the clouds. /Olólùfé/ The sunshine of your smile keeps me restless for days, your mood is like the rule of law which possesses authority, you stole my heart with no permission. The sunshine of your smile illuminates my existence. You're my perfect dream. /Àyànfémi/ It's alright if you're chased by many women. I say it's alright. I won't object if you don't have enough love to spare, but listen, don't keep me shielded in a world crocheted in facade. Don't give me roses. Don't cling on to me in the darkness of the night. Don't whisper my name in the after dark or beneath the sunshine of your smile. Go on, don't worry about me. /Darling/ Your memory flaps across my mind, then wheels out of sight, in consciousness or unconsciousness as if you were the ocean of my dream and my emotions are the sails Adieu_ Somethings are destined to leave and not return like the caterpillar that is your love galloping through the blankets of solitude. Adieu. I bid you adieu beloved. Just say no.
by Mahbubat Kanyinsola Salahudeen
Mahbubat Kanyinsola Salahudeen is a writer, poet, spoken words artist and human rights activist who resides in South Western Nigeria. Her work has featured or is forthcoming at several places including Spillwords magazine, Fiery Scribe Review, Ice Lolly, Neon Magazine, Down in the Dirt, Ice Flow Press, Northern Press, Terror Magazine, Brittle Paper, Agapanthus Magazine and elsewhere. She is a Girl Up Scholarship Fund Recipient 2021, a Girl Up Project Award Recipient 2021, a winner of IHRAF Creators of Literary Justice Award 2021 and a IHRAF 2022 Youth Fellow.