poem index

poet

Chris Abani

Printer-friendly version

Chris Abani is the author of Sanctificum (Copper Canyon Press, 2010). 

by this poet

poem
I set you free that night, father.
When you came back in that yellow Volkswagen,
in that dream.
I made a boat of honor for you.
Woven of poems and words and not words.
I set it on the ocean.
Father Obuna said to me,
a gift is freely given and a gift
is freely returned.
It has taken me thirty years
to understand