Reading an Aubade to Your Absence

An image of a female figure walking across a beige landscape. Her shadow stretches out behind.
Girma Berta, Moving Shadows XI (2016), digital archival print, 40 x 40 cm / Courtesy of Addis Fine Art

after “A Walk through Intimacy,” by Theresah Ankomah

Under the auspices of the wind, light, revealed.
In the dark places of the world—the cranium of an animal

Once loved, now grieved; the grave of a woman
Who died too green to breastfeed a baby—

The bees make a home. When the curtains swirl to the wind,
A humerus arises in the alchemy of blood.

Ananse—Kwaku, when you wove capillaries through this body
Was it a blueprint for a dating app or were you making quilts

For the cold? If you made a home with a weaver bird,
It could hold water—but the strength of a home is in its porosity.

Under the auspices of the wind—
Is the light concealed?

Where you once lay, now a dark place—
I make a home.

Henneh Kyereh Kwaku (@kwaku_kyereh) is the author of Revolution of the Scavengers, selected for the APBF New-Generation African Poets Chapbook Series. He’s an editor and podcast host, and his poems and hybrids have appeared in numerous journals. From Gonasua in the Bono region of Ghana, he is currently pursuing an MPhil in health education at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

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