MascaraDE by Yugo Gabriel Egboluche

Thought you once took pride
in blemish scars – that
so revealed your victory
in natures wrestle

Thought you had your ash
of silvery sparkle – for
eyelids to tickle your lords’ guests
of distant transits

Thought your pores needed air
for gracious bloom – see
the hot clime you roost
for skins honeyed thru

Thought you read, the many
mirror reflections, before
walking this mile to reveal you –
new in alien masks, circus fit

Thought you knew, your bleached
face, dyed brows and spiky lashes
will find you out, and on judgement sing,
‘go, bring me back to me’!

MascaraDE by Yugo Gabriel Egboluche

MascaraDE by Yugo Gabriel Egboluche

Author: Yugo Gabriel Egboluche

Yugo Gabriel Egboluche is a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He lives and writes from Nigeria, where he works as a Development Practitioner with a flair for extensive writing that covers poetry, fiction, script and copy-writing. His works have been published in chapbooks and webzines including The Kalahari Review, Praxis Magazine Online, while his short stories have been published in an Experimental Writing, African Vs Latin America anthology, blogs and translated into film. He has also edited and co-authored numerous community development texts and guidebooks.


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    Anonymous says

    Deep cutting!

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