As a child, my grandmother taught me
to crochet hopes from the yarn of dawn.
To enter each day exhaling yesterday’s pains.
In this poem, I crop out the lines that have the images of men,
who yesterday, gave their bodies to the sky & got folded into night.
Once, a teacher told us to reinvent our country’s ruins into rainbows,
to graffiti our fatherland on the hearts of strangers without spilling
Each day, I, a patriot, break into the aurora with my mouth
harboring songs for my country.
I’d shape my eyes to see the beauty in sunrise
& my legs to walk into the day, without fear of
treading on roads paved with blood.
Okoronkwo Chisom is a young first-class graduate of English Language and Literature. She is the International Advisor–Nigeria, of the African Writers Summit–Afwrites. She is the winner of the Delyork Creative Academy writing contest 2021, and a joint winner of the Sound of Unity spoken word poetry competition 2023. She was longlisted in the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize 2021 and has been shortlisted in the Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2022, Splendours of Dawn Poetry Contest, August-October edition 2022, YouthhHubAfrica FGM contest, September edition 2022, and African Feminist writing contest 2022. Her works have been published or are forthcoming in PoetryColumn, Isele Magazine, Blue Marble Review, Icreatives Review, World Voices Magazine, New Man Gospel Magazine, Shuzia, BPPC anthology, and elsewhere.