VOYAGE OF WATER BODIES TO HEAVENS

A Poem

By Abuoya Eruot


prepubescent hours of yesternight,

the sea & her brethren—rivers, creeks &

every offspring of the ocean—

made a secret voyage to the heavens. 

today, they are cascading
to their respective homes in droplets.

since dawn, lightning’s stretched
out its limbs/ across the heart of the sky,
like spider’s web. you’re taken out of your body
by fear, for a short ride/ to nowhere.
solitude took you as its own & you shivered
& you & your thoughts moved,
behind some four corners filled
with thick darkness, painted with chill & frost.