Oritsegbemi Emmanuel Jakpa


for Joan McBreen
Whatever ink I use to write
whatever lens I choose                                                                              
to capture Connemara
whatever spot I lay down my grief
or pick up joy
whatever Audigier
in her backyard garden paints
with hurricanes
from hair driers
whatever river coils among these hills
over crumpled land
of silence and distance
here fills me, like a glass
with the honey of untouched time

Oritsegbemi Emmanuel Jakpa was born in Warri, Nigeria, and currently lives in Ireland. His poetry has been published in a number of online and print journals and an Irish-Canadian anthology. He is a Yeats's Pierce Loughran Scholar.



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