A Brief History of a Time in the Second Decade of the 21st Century

by AM Kamaal 

It is later spelled out:
The aerial suffering, hard-knocking
On each open door of our homes
Without punctuated pause, 
And warnings. And concise words
Of caution, breezing in the air
Preach nothing but sheer solitude
As if nothing is more important
To our living than silence, and
Mascaras, and six more feet away
From our respective grave.

AM Kamaal is a Nigerian poet and writer. When he’s not writing, he reads Jericho Brown and Ezra Pound, listens to the evergreen songs of Àyìnlá Ọmọwúrà, or watches Hollywood. Illustration by VR Ragesh, who is a noted cartoonist from Kerala.

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