breaking even by Abdulrahman M Abu-Yaman

knowing life to be full of odds like
the odd number three, and so unfair

as a scalene triangle, i have
finally resolved to:

pluck droplets of water from
blazing goblets of fire,

depict an impressionistic rainbow
from an aggressive thunderstorm,

evaporate solutions of sweat and tears
to rain back sugary showers of joy,

harvest an atom of knowledge
buried in an ocean of ignorance,

solve multiple fractions of lies
to decipher a coefficient of truth,

and extract refined lemonade of honour
from a fermented lemon of shame.

i think that way, it evens up for me
like number four and as a square.

Abdulrahman M Abu-Yaman writes from the middle belt region of Nigeria and holds a certificate of participation in the Common Wealth “Unseen & Unspoken” poetry competition plus another certificate in “Poetry and what to write about” organised by the Art-Muse-Fair literary blog. Some of his works have been featured in Ann Arbor Review, Brittle Paper, Kalahari Review, London Grip Magazine and elsewhere. He tweets with the handle @abuu_yaman

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