POEM: 'A Study of Silence'

by Timi Sanni

A Study of Silence


Silence. A function of time devoid of memories, the gaping space between


two points in history where truth is a coward hiding in the shadows,


the chasm between two instants in time.



Silence. A spectrum of colours, a passing, yellow like the pause that comes


before father speaks white like the cloth that would shroud Muhammad


the day his soul becomes a Judas to his body and sells him


for twelve pieces of eternity



We do not talk of the instant that comes like the night like longing, black


between an ellipsis and a reply in a lover’s chat.


The consuming void in the heart of chaos like these thirteen reasons


why I’m an inferno of silence a record of forgotten tracks:



Rage & fear & loss

& worry & grief & heartbreak & death


& despair & guilt & loneliness


& shame & sorrow



Silence having lost the game of soundlessness becomes noise becomes


my heart scrambling for a signal, lost in the alien world becomes a white linen


begging for a kiss of palm oil. I am a broken lover longing for the melodies


of your tongue, searching for a panacea to this deafening maelstrom. Silence is an ember


within the belly of a dragon, burning, waiting for the breath that kisses it into light, into fire



You sing into a drum, it replies you with an echo of your voice


Silence as a dull throbbing of pain that refuses to go away.

Timi Sanni is a coffee-loving poet, writer and literary enthusiast who bends and blend genres in his writings. His works have been published or is forthcoming in literary journals like Writers Space Africa, Rather Quiet, Fitrah Review, Nanty Greens, Praxis, African Writers, Fiction Limbo etc. He is a SprinNG Fellowship Alumnus and won the Writers for Humanity poetry contest in 2019 as well as the Fitrah Review writing contest in 2020. When he is not studying or writing, he is either painting or exploring new places. You can follow him on Twitter

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