CYPHER

I play with God
a game of cypher:
sometimes, a poem is a prayer,
an algorithm of denudification.
I come to him bald, vulnerable,
only bearded in metaphors.
He smiles at the doubts
deftly tucked in naive lines
& nudges me towards
scriptural responses
predating the rosary of
words dangling in my hands.
He plays with me
a game of cypher—
leads me to the altar,
readies the fire & tells me
You are the lamb.

 

Biography:

Jide Badmus is an electrical engineer, a poet inspired by beauty and destruction; he believes that things in ruins were once beautiful.
Badmus explores themes around sensuality and healing. He writes from Lagos, Nigeria. You can reach him on twitter @bardmus, IG @instajhide

 

1 COMMENT

  1. This is sound and deep…
    I love the two way traffic the poem took, it tells of the dialogue that characterizes our communion with God. It preaches the much needed confidence in reaching out to the Great Being… The ordinary images used to denote prayer are well laced.

    Always as classic…

  2. The beauty of language aside, the poem seamlessly express the simplicity of fellowship with God, how prayer is a two-way convo between a man and his God; a man who is so comfortable as to bare himself: his frailty & vulnerability to his God. This poem achieves the demystification of God, clearing the misconception of him as an hoary haired being hovering in the skies, so far off from man.

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