Love Unhindered is an Alternate Asylum by Adeniyi Stephen
It's what the Bible says
On the path to my lover's house,
I find a pebble, pick her up & say
a subtle prayer on her —
I pray she leads a stray dog back home.
After dinner, I home the crumbles of
my meal into a bowl, feed them to
the wind, to the cringing crickets, to the
birds vision- less due to fatigue.
Love unhindered — besplattering like
wintry slush on legs swarming in busyness,
To a dying flower, bruised by the side
by prickles of butterflies, I throw up a smile,
I save her from slow death, I cut her out of
a tree's braid & travel her body into distance burgeoned
by wind and sunlight.
Love unhindered — bedazzling like
my grandmother's tongue knowing death,
knowing time is out of time in her body,
still smiles and brims warmness out of the
quenching of her breathe.
This is how to live in a world colded by grief
This is how to surpass a distance pruned by loss:
Love without dissimilation;
Love without frivolities of religionist bigotry.