Oh Sea of Troubles We Did Not Take Arms Against by Adebe DeRango-Adem

Poet name: Adebe DeRango-Adem Poem title: O SEA OF TROUBLES WE DID NOT TAKE ARMS AGAINST Poem: for many moons we were complete like a single river how beautiful we drifted & how delirious were the times we pretended not to bear the thirst of a hollow earth as such perhaps we were not a river but a collection of rapids & yet those pangs a clever mix of love & fear of the real a longing soon to transform into a longing to disappear somehow into the familiar softening, from the dusts of the world skylines—do you remember how we slept in mangled ways looking out to the Atlantic being in our element but no I will not spend my life wading waiting wading the answer is that I have arrived with scars to haunt or to be haunted is the question End of poem. Credits: Copyright © Adebe DeRango-Adem. Originally published in The Unmooring (Mansfield Press, 2018) and also as an official LCP Poem In Your Pocket Day selection (2019). Adebe DeRango-Adem lives in Toronto. She is a former attendee of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (Naropa University), where she mentored with poets Anne Waldman and Amiri Baraka. She is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Ex Nihilo (Frontenac House, 2010), which became a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize, Terra Incognita (Inanna Publications, 2015), which was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and The Unmooring, published in 2018 by Mansfield Press.