Salim Yakubu Akko is a Nigerian writer and poet. He has his works published/forthcoming in Applied Worldwide, World Voices Magazine, Trouvaille Review, Ice Lolly Review, ILA Magazine, Scratch Poetry Magazine, Upwrite Magazine and elsewhere. He has also been shortlisted for the 2021 Bill Ward Prize for Emerging Writers.
Grief as My Uncle
I've learnt how to speak in my motherland as how a toddler learns how to walk the language of grief I was taught how to count as how young poets reckon poetry lines the colours of grief grief is my mother tongue the language I learnt from my childhood days the best food I eat and still, here I am like a wingless bird listening to its melodious songs dear uncle grief I've heard, learnt, ate & felt you enough remember, you once promised to me if I write to you a poem you'll leave my motherland & let us have another beginning dear uncle grief it's now a new year & still, we're enjoying your sweet breakfast for the promise you made to me I wrote this poem for you I beg you leave my motherland dear uncle grief, remember I am the shattered son who worships for you
Is when the scorching sun Smiles at our broken hearts It is the beginning that terrifies The tales that break our hopes Like the drops of the drizzle It comes with peace Another beginning is when we open our teary eyes Beholding a peaceful land