Your Body.

Your body,

Laying awake at 1:00am, as it does every morning

Cradles a memory, this time, of a rainy day;

Sometime in December, when your laughter awoke the sky.

Or was it the smell of Dare’s perfume, that time he tasted your skin?

Or was it the awful honesty that pierced the room when Adele sang Rolling in the Deep?

Once upon that day, you had been a child again

Your body, it remembers; it was the last time it felt something.


Your body,

Seating half-perched on the Office chair in the library.

Your phones, idly by your side, they have forgotten how to ring.

Careless papers, empty biros, making rounds on your clueless table.

And your body, restless, expels its rage on the laptop screen–


Punctuation marks are for the idle mind,

And typos are a part of life.

Your body, it now knows; there is no promise in tomorrow

So even when the right words fail, the wrong ones must suffice

Because sometimes, people just want to see you try.


Your body,

It merges with the tears falling from your eye

Some days are good, other days are better, but some days are made just for you to cry.

So, your body, it convulses– from the weight of memories within,

Haunted by the halo

of hands held and lips kissed;

Overwhelmed by the might of stories untold,

about chances you never took, the experiences un-lived.

Yet, your body, it picks itself up from the floor of your bathroom;

Because nights are for coconut shampoo showers and mourning the things you almost had.


This is a piece inspired by Morayo’s poem “Your Body”, in the book Like a Mule bringing Ice cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Mayinka.

Thank you Sheedart for sharing the wonderful book with me. I heart you, big time. 


© The Short Black Girl, 2017.


15 thoughts on “Your Body.

    • Thank you so much for the warm comment Hagar. Poetry, reading or writing it, can be such a revealing exercise; and I am glad you found the flavour for it. Here is wishing you a most enthralling experience as you journey through the world of poetry.

      Thank you once again. I hope to check your page sometime soon. ♡♡♡

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    • Hey there Zoe darling. I am sorry I am replying to this comment very late. It is very humbling to know my own version of this poem has inspired you to write something too. I will be off to check it now! Thank you for your warm comment Darl, i appreciate you. ❤


      • Haha thats’s fine! I also haven’t been very active on my blog these days. I have written a couple of poems to put on the blog but they are in Chinese. Hope to write some more in English and also looking forward to read from you!! Hugs~ Zoe

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