Lover

By Noluthando Mkhungo

I wonder where you have deserted yourself.
Who is stuck in a room
choking in a corner from the smoke of your burnt flesh
who is stranded of language – drowning in screams when your ghost is awake.
I am afraid of you.
Afraid of how you can easily desert yourself in a lonely road and come bask in my tender sun rays skin.
Your smile is home to all broken pieces that weave themselves into tapestry in my lips. I still do not know where your burdens are.
Which lover looks at pictures of you and remembers how your lips formed when you cursed her to hell –
what demons awaken in your lover’s dreams as you lay silently next to me.
Your heart skips a beat.
You are so beautiful so I want to protect you from me.
I have no language to love,
I am a lost ship sailing against the storm – I have no love left in me. I am a displaced being searching for a place to be.
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