SUNDAY by Michael Akuchie

for days when the house swallows the name of a boy & out comes a spurt of neglect
for nights when he slaps the family's name hard onto his skin for comfort
for hours invested into burying grief inside his voice
for times when he slows the mind with weed coloured by fire
he goes to a home address filled up with silence & passing air
where father does not chew his son's name twice before summoning
where conversations are managed without the slightest cheer
where the father decorates his words with distance
every sabbath day, the boy is closing up the space with devotion
stuffing his mouth with every thinkable prayer, he attempts miracles
he starts by humming along with a nearby church's hymnals breaking in
& serenades the house until he brings his father out from limbo

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Michael Akuchie is a Nigerian young adult writer and dreamer. He has work on Barren Magazine, Anti-Heroin Chic, Ghost City Review, Eunoia Review, Agbowo Art and elsewhere. He studies English at the University of Benin, Nigeria.  He is @Michael_Akuchie on Twitter. 

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