The Child God of Chaos
Her first scream split the midwife’s ring
And cut the defibrillator’s wires to confetti.
Her giggling drove nursery schools to hysterics
And her breaststroke rose tidal waves each lap.
Her baking pillowed the whole house in clouds
And dancing threatened its concrete foundations.
Her singing caused the male choir’s discord
And stuttered the organist’s fingers to stop.
Her driving lessons gave highways nightmares
And her break-lights discoed traffic lights dead.
Her kisses caused murmurs in her lover’s heart
And her love-making crushed hip bones to flour.
Her runaway-from-home sparked a black hole
And it grew to completely consume her friends.
Her mood-swings ruptured weather patterns
And her merest indifference iced over lakes.
She heard of a hurricane making for the city
And entering quietly, she swallowed the storm
And found her life’s calling. And saved us all.
unpublished poem, © Inua Ellams 2021, used by permission of the author