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Portrait of Time | Samuel A. Adeyemi

Portrait of Time as a Surgeon

I am up at night again, wondering why 

the ones I cherish abandon a dagger in 

the den of my chest. 

Because memory, too, is a blade—

whenever I shut my eyes to attempt sleep, 

I feel her laughter cleave me clean.

     Elohim, teach me to forget. 

I thought the knife had left the wound, but 

the flesh still hallucinates its metallic grip. 

O how do I unhand the thing that holds me? 

     Elohim, teach me to forget. 

I trust healing only works after you alter 

memory, so if I am distracted from a wound, 

surely my blood will silver. 

Show me how to misremember a face.   

To make a name break like a syllable 

removed from the tongue;

break / like a threading 

loosing around my throat.


Samuel A. Adeyemi is a young writer from Nigeria. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Palette Poetry, Frontier Poetry, 580 Split, The Maine Review, Blue Marble Review, Leavings Lit Mag, Kissing Dynamite, The Shore, Jalada, and elsewhere. When he is not writing, he enjoys watching anime and listening to a variety of music. You may reach him on Twitter and Instagram @samuelpoetry