Biography of Elnathan John
A writer and lawyer, he has recently published a collection of short stories. born in kaduna, nigeria, elnathan has been involved in giving free community service involving legal and social aid through his project, the Legal Clinic. He works presently in Abuja
Elnathan John's Works:
DAYDREAMS ETCETERA (short stories) ISBN 978-9780876319
Elnathan John Poems
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DINNER TIME Do we sometimes bask in our delusions, And become tourists in lands that never were?
Handprints And Dead Birthdays
I It is only now that I see The handprints all over you Astonishing how quick I swallowed
the breeze blows a crippling cold, caning my naked nipples and nose I listen for a sign: there is no wisdom in the wind
you used to dream of kings with balloons and candy you used to dream… and i would laugh
sleep my kid, sleep my child run fast in your dreams, run wild dream of lakes full of milk dream of beds soft as silk
Song In Four Parts
SONG IN FOUR PARTS I Mock my dreams
You just whipped me with the ropes That lined the boundaries That our fathers chose You whipped me hard
Racing, Stopping, pulsating… It’s me thinking,
One Hour Thought
4.30am It’s in the debris of my heart Dinky in all the mess I find it’s not been torn apart
PLAYING GOD Only God… Could love you for yourself alone…
I think it would be nice to know, The way from this earth I would go; The way I’d bow out of this stage Whether with pomp or else with rage…
Some historians say Many years ago The seed of confusion And division
The Torment Of A Bystander
The night felt right For low tones and whispers A perfect night for lovers and deep sleepers
Raindrops And Rosebuds
Raindrops and showers
Rosebuds and flowers
Can you see it changing, forming?
Do you see it becoming…?
Can you hear my heart beat
Like a pestle crushing wheat?
The wind today blew hard and long
As I lay listening to a rock song