Burial

By U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo

PROMPT — Despite ...

MAYBE blood


will be sacrifice


to the God’s of Pain and Suffering


maybe this blood will scorch the earth


scorch dis-ease


from this world


tick tock


clock sounds once soothing


sting like death knells


being fetal in a bed


smells familiar


like a coffin i saw once


will this be the time


i finally bury


the old


version of myself



* Photo Credit: Amand A. Lee


 

U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo is a Boston-based Zimbabwean American poet, author, speaker, singer, and educator who has performed internationally in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, Portugal, and Ireland. She is fiercely passionate about using her voice for women's empowerment, wellness, diversity & inclusion and the exploration of translation or "hyphenated identities" through her work. Her poems have been used in film, TV, theater, and documentaries, and published in Write On The Dot. Her poetry collection Soul Psalms (She Writes Press) was described by David Updike as “written in a fearless female voice tempered with optimism and healing possibilities of love.” Visit her website: www.u-meleni.com