—for Idris the Decorous
In the split, these kids were still
Taking themselves off the ground,
Taking themselves off the dirt,
Taking their difficult dreams off
The swinging tongue of self-distrust
As though an old, tired gardener
Picking mushroom from his babied soil
—Unafraid of the sun, unafraid
Of the preparation of the moonshine.
As the stars dress in their shining,
Unknown abode, these kids—
With the song of tomorrow tucked
Beneath their tender tongue—
Undress their bodies off the cloak
Of doubt and begin sprinting
Toward accomplishments, like time
Toward its inevitable goal.
EL Kamaal is a Nigerian poet, and writer. His recent works have appeared or forthcoming from Clover and White, Global Poemic, Lumiere Review, Window Facing Window Review, Cathartic, Giallo, Cultural Weekly, and elsewhere. He was shortlisted for the 2020 Alpine Fellowship Academic Writing Prize.