waxing and waning
asking of no favours.
Our love-stained voices
splatter the silence of stodgy nights
with our aspirations
and that is mine.
To carry a heart
so greedy it devours me
(leaving nothing for the preying leech)
the redundancy of inversive rebellion
needing no permission to be.
Your uncertain voice
poke at the silence of the stodgy night
to encourage me.
Yes, that is my dream.
But if your love seeks no greater deal
than to see me free,
do your eyes whisper tales of defeat?
Akleyiaha R. is an emerging twenty-one-year-old Afro-Trinidadian poet whose work can be found or is forthcoming in Dipity Literary Magazine and The Bibliopunk. She is an entrepreneur and student using her words to explore various themes of the human condition. Her writing is a reflection of her experiences, observations and deep feelings and her longing to make a substantial impact through her craft.