These Butterflies Don’t Fly, Poetry by Damilola Jonathan Oladeji

I’d like to be a butterfly
And flutter into your room
Tell you how the wind blows
Cause I feel it in my arms
And it’s pointing me your way.

I’d like to say I miss you
But we’ve only been human
With limbs so heavy that we hide
Behind our prison doors
Waiting till the storm is o’er.

To be a butterfly is a charm
Cause you never have to stay
You flick a wing and you are home
You flick another and you are by your lover
The only prison you’ve had to bear
Is the one that was a womb.

I have butterflies in my belly
Dying everyday for lack of flight
Eager to find the wind
But cramped up in mirthless dungeons
Of stomach acid and fermentation.

If I was a butterfly
I’d fly away to you
I would wake up in your bed
With kisses for your lips
And sweet nonsense for your ears alone.

I’d tell you tales of rivers
Blanket of forests and
I would tell you stories of war
All of which I attended.

If I was a butterfly
I would amuse you with mysteries
Scarcer than the oasis of the earth
Rarer than the eye of a storm
I would be wild and free
Unafraid to tell you of my desires
Of me and you
By rivers still
By the waves of seas
Fluttering in and out of bliss.

I would be a butterfly
If you were
But here we are
Locked in and miles apart
Wishing for love to linger
Hoping that the curfew will end
Waiting for the closing bell.

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About the Author


Damilola is co-author of Life's Chrysalis. His fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in The Naked Convos, Africa on the Blog, The Guardian News Nigeria, Sahara Reporters, Pulse NG, Viva-Naija News, and Tuck Magazine. Damilola is a past winner of the Biopage international essay contest. He offers an African perspective to stories of his lived experiences. Damilola is an IREBS for African Real Estate Doctoral Scholar at the University of Pretoria. He is also the Head of Media and Strategy at Upside Africa. He creates websites, web content, and offers, Amazon publishing, copywriting & ghostwriting services.
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