IN MEMORY OF IKECHUKWU – By: Membis Okorie Chukwukamma

We played in the muld till you passed away
Oh! I still remember you each and everyday
I tried so much not to say how I felt
It was too early to admit you left
But Time has made me believe you departed

I’ve waited for years hoping you would come
I screamed your name in the hood and it echoed
I searched for you behind the mango tree
Then I found myself making fire with the wood

You never told me you meant your goodbye
And that was all you left for your best friend
I woke up to hear you are no more green
You dried up the night we played till dark
You never said you wouldn’t be coming back

I screamed your name in the hood my friend
I searched for you and was never scared
They tried to convince me to let go of memories
But I’m keeping them and wishing you peace

I screamed your name in the hood my friend
I searched for you till I lost all my tears to sand
You left the dreams we were building together
And the katapot we used for hunting birds

I couldn’t relate how our milk turned bitter
My heart was heavy as a young friend and it is
I will never let death take away our friendship
So I will bury you in my poetry to give you life

Where ever you are my dear childhood friend
Know it that this love will never have an end
Rest In Peace and feel free to swing on the moon
We shall meet again when God melts my Sun

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