David Ishaya Osu



the burning candle is also cold
is there a song in your house
your shadow is naked: you
undo your navel and let
the egg. one boom of
moonlight and you
return to look for
your secrets in
in the ashtray
is a precious





for all of us
wine will be

nuts nor not
talk beside

fill the stars
to your laugh
sister, you

and only
you can lily
back to blood






David Ishaya Osu writes poetry and nonfiction. He is a board member of the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation based in Uganda. A fellow of Ebedi International Writers Residency, David is currently the poetry editor at Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel.







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