the book of my body
begins from the end

chapter 1 [epilogue]: glory. /i am everything/ God ordained/
before the beginning.

chapter 2 [conclusion]: a body rests/ in the Lord
yea, though the dust eats my flesh into itself,
i will fear no evil for i am the resurrection & the life
in the sinews that make my flesh is an immortal Spirit.

chapter 3 [living]: i am the path for a coming generation.
i am preacher man. i am pulpit. i am poet. i am lyrics.
i am music. i am neo-soul. i am alternative.
i am every good thing my body contains.

this wide space is for the things
that hasn’t come in my dreams & visions.

chapter 4 [hurts]: i fall. i rise. i am a battle
between my emotions & my realities. fair lady
says my love is a voice that sounds like war,
says she is afraid i am everything that love is not…

chapter 5 [a theme of love]: a fair lady comes/ into my life.
i christen her Carolina/because she is the matrimony/between my eyes/ & my heart.

chapter 6 [2nd discovery]: i am a boy seeking the light.
within the cosmos of my search,
i find i am the destination i seek.

chapter 7 [1st discovery]: every body/ is different from every body.

chapter 8 [upbringing]: my mother is a lion & a lamb. [fire & water]

chapter 9 [novelty]: ninety-ninety-something… in a hospital ward/
a boy is the origin of laughter.// [also] a boy’s nose perceives the world
for the first time. [the world smells like chemicals & blood]

commentary: i don’t know how else
to describe my body
than to paint it as a book…

feedback: this book is human.
everything you read
breathes at you.
do you feel it?

About the Author


Kolawole Samuel Adebayo is an old soul in a young Nigerian body whose poems seek to awaken the human consciousness. His poems have appeared on Tuck Magazine, Glass Poetry, Parousia Magazine, WRR, BPPC Anthology, and Pulse Nigeria. His work is also forthcoming in AntiHeroin Chic magazine. When he is not writing, he is either preaching or meditating.

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