3 moving poems by Martins Deep :I’m beautiful when it rains, a poem in which a boy’s name is written in invisible ink, a dreamscape dialogue

I’m beautiful when it rains

arrowheads— dipped in the breastmilk
of mercy— striking bodies.

When it rains, & staring out the window,
i see the universe weep with a boy
holding his freshwater
from mingling with the sea.

I’m beautiful when it rains
seeing a basketful of water
under the hole of my leaking roof.

Whenever it rains, i’m beautiful
as i hear wingbeats
of butterflies from the larvas in God’s mouth
coming to pollenate mother’s prayers
by pa’s graveside;

beautiful as mother, in triumph,
as she pounds the mortar with a pestle
on the same wavelength as her chi
laughing our household’s wreck to a piece.

I’m beautiful when it rains
where thunderclaps are pauses in my song
too faint to apply.

I’m beautiful when it rains
knowing a rainbow will, afterwards,
appear across the sky to be the first thing
a blind girl sees to point at—
to call a miracle. her miracle.

a poem in which a boy’s name is written in invisible ink

as it rained
nails, a blustery hammering
them down on boys
with fissured shoulders,

you found a shelter
to escape being
nailed to a cross
on the eve you’d exchange it
for its shadow

— another cross
with a foot fruiting blood
oranges

the size of blood
moons when they melt
into your mother’s eyes,
at the altar.

a dreamscape dialogue

in this dream, i am
talking to a boy’s ghost

i’m offering him a body
stolen from God’s
clothesline

i’m asking him to take it
i’m telling him

the sun here isn’t as glorious
as the one at home, trapped
in your mother’s lantern

he tells me not to bother. he says
he likes it here, & has called his mother
to join him. she’ll be here soon, he tells me,
smiling through yellow eyes as he molds
a castle with stardust

i ask him what name he called her by
and he says, cancer

Wolfpack Contributor Bio: Martins Deep

slightly newer bio:

Martins Deep (he/him) is a 27-year-old poet, photographer/artist, & currently a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. His most recent work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Lolwe, FIYAH, Rough Cut Press, Barren Magazine, The Sandy River Review, Eunoia Review, Agbowó Magazine, IceFloe Press, Rogue Agent, Claw and Blossom, Harbor Review, Covert Literary Magazine, Kalahari Review, & elsewhere. He tweets @martinsdeep1

Wolfpack Contributor Bio: Martins Deep

Martins Deep

Martins Deep (he/him) is a budding African poet, photographer/artist, & currently a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. His works deeply explores the African experience. His creative works have appeared, or are forthcoming on FIYAH, The Roadrunner Review, Barren Magazine, The Sandy River Review, Eunoia Review, Agbowó Magazine, Surburban Review, Twyckenham Notes, FERAL, Black Lives Matter: Poems for a New World, Kalahari Review, & elsewhere. He loves jazz, adores Amanda Cook, and fantasizes reincarnating as an owl. He tweets @martinsdeep1