Your Body.


Your body

is lying awake at 1:00am as it does every morning

cradling 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

is sitting half-perched

on the office chair in the library,

your phones are idly by your side,

they have forgotten how to ring.

Careless papers, empty biros

are making rounds on your clueless table;

and your fingers, on their own

expel their rage on your laptop screen–


Punctuation marks are for the idle minds

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 streaming 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,

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.

    1. 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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    1. 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. ❤


      1. 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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