By Chisom Okafor


Remember how you sent a coterie of ants

racing, tingling against the slippery coldness

of my insides, when

you first touched the back of my shoulders and said,

‘see how our night crawls like

a toddler to its mother.

Isn’t love a chemical reaction?

Shouldn’t this be irreversible?’


You said we formed an art work when our

hands met and our breathes became one with

the air around us,

and the bloody sun at sundown made leaves become

colourful emeralds on the mosaic that was our world.


Remember how the dust grey-toned our faces,

how we forgot what the world beyond looked like –

two running parallels,

save for the things we knew:

like the urgency in

a mother’s voice somewhere down-hill,

calling out to her playing son,

echo after echo.

Or the glaring indifference when he’d left, and

his playmates resumed chanting, like the finest cherubs.


We’d never know about Lagos,

about the garri thief with a car wheel slung

somewhere around his torso,

while he roasted, in degrees, to a jungle-justice

– induced  death

(because it was sweeter

to see flames rage through a boy

than it was to call the police),  

nor would we know about the girl

forced into premature marriage somewhere

in the far North

(because it was easier for girls

to accept the ‘nature of things’).


But we’d remain two tiny specks on a hill, at sundown

ready to embrace naked darkness,

pleased by how unbreakable, like an ionic bond, we were,

waiting, yet not wanting to return

to the world beyond us,

that world bound by a shriveled bond,

that world set to disintegrate under the mildest illumination.


Chisom OkaforChisom Okafor studied Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His poem came third in the 2016 maiden edition of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize and first in the maiden edition of Dwarts Poetry Prize. He has been published in various literary outlets.









This rill reels a song

Your song

Our song

From gongs of underused tongues


Sailing swiftly steadily

Afloat chimes—

Tinkling your glare

With long


And short hands.


This Brook plucks a flare

From your hair

To hew a bong

That pilfers your voice

To pink


our song


grey altos—

A salve

for the Sun’s burning sores

A tickle on the Moon’s face—


She crescents her smile.


This wet psalm

That dripped

From Janus first tear

Is now a rivulet


Pooling on time’s palms — eternized



SOBER NIGHT… by Victor Ugwu


The Night is white,

wry for my sober touch.

Shan’t I blue it

With my lips — grip — thrust?

My lips are blue of my pen

My grip is blue of a sky dipped in a morning sea

My thrust is a blue of tamed flames…


IMG_20161204_165241Victor Ugwu, a 20-year old poet, was born in Onitsha but writes from Minna, Nigeria. He is a member of the Hill-Top Art Foundation in Minna. His works have appeared in the Ebedi review, ANA review, Praxis, Dwartonline, and the Kalahari Review among others. He is the author of RHYTHMS: a poetry collection.








WEEP NOT, CHILD by Nome Emeka Patrick

For the clouds that have rumbled in your eyes,
And mountains of fire that have stood up high…

I see your lips curl into an ology of fluttering fuss
And the tip of your tongue wrapped like strong pains
In the embouchure of a boy holding death’s refrains.
I see you break into shards and episodes of loss.


I hear the strings of your soluble sighs break the nights
Like a precious étagère, splintering into fragments and flights…

I know your heart is a confinement of dirges and deaths
For in your little blue eyes lie stories stained with dearths…
I know you’re a madrigal lost on the wicked tongues of time –
A distant desert of scattered bodies and bones in your prime.

The wrinkles of the rainbows are grinning upon the earth
Holding a parcel of promise to the threshold of your crumbled heart…

Weep not, child[1] for the storm has fallen into the mouth of death
And at the corner of the sky, a light is fondling the body of the earth
Tearing into homes and hearts, with the genesis of a soft prayer,
And flicking elements of worries into a troubled river of flaring fire


Child, the rumbles of your fine soul is as turbulent as an earthquake,
But welcome the running letters of this poetic tapestry to heal your aches…

There’s a little room in your heart waiting for a song of revival –
a song riding on the crest of victory towards a field of survival,
for your pains and aches, little boy, may be as robust as mount Kilimanjaro;
there is a bliss of peace lying patiently for the arrival of your morrow.


Watch! Dear little Child – watch!
The gaiety of little birds as they hold the sky in their clutches…

Sit here and watch the stars sparkle, and the moon swirls
Like a beautiful maiden under the gaze of the sun.
Sit here, little child, and watch how the fireflies too, twirl,
For life is an infinitesimal organism, out of a great foetus borne.


A sun of strength is sprouting in the dawn of your soul
And its gay warmth is burning the crux of your sole…

There’s a flame of strength wiggling in your little eyes
And a beautiful dawn crawling and snaking up to its rise.
For your soul, O little child, glitters like fine coasts of gold
And like the glory of the firmament, greatness shall you hold.

[1] Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s “Weep not, child.”

C360_2016-11-16-16-44-13-563Nome Emeka Patrick is a poet, writer and deep thinker. He likes to read and loves children (for their hilarious and innocent nature). He’s an undergraduate of the University of Benin. He is shy, but finds boldness in writing.

2 Replies to “BLAZING HOT (ISSUE 6)”

  1. Bright stars
    Blazing the sky of
    Streaking hope,
    Streaking a new generation’s soul songs
    Streaking luminous messages
    Creating Mosaic of our nation’s tapestry
    Ride on inheritors of the bards of yore
    Renewing the Muses’ contract with Nigeria
    Soyinka and his generation didn’t burn the bridges
    Cross over guys
    The Nobel Prize dangling our way
    One more time in my life time.

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