Nobody Thinks With Their Liver
It was not something well foreseen
nor thought delivered when with
the contents of this message
came the delayed reprisal
of a ghost, stating:
Please. Return. To sender.
Nobody thinks with their liver.
Any organ would feign disease
or adopt suitable stomach
to tout the claims of such
A laugh is best met unexpected.
The peak of a haunted mouth
clouded nightly libation.
The work of ungodly spirits
whisked away by rum distant ships.
The short end of her untimely esophagus
bled my beheaded name
on the master’s sordid whip.
The vestigial intoxication
they forgot me
in the drunk bowels of the dead
long pale turgid dilemma
in coherence of breath, and love, and ribs, and lungs and noses.
Memory was tended to our skeletal curricula.
We who were always possessed
upon the indignancy of foreseen insolvency.
The ghastly clandestine
of the missing negro birth.
Alawo na, ne te femi. Alas,
nobody hires ghosts.
Kwasi Shade (we/us) is an Auteur Sociologist interested in representing the true myriad of Caribbean dichotomies in their stories and testing the parameters of Creole dialect vernacular. They are interested in communicating the Carnival Aesthetic.
Before attending the University of the West Indies to pursue a double major in History and Film, they participated in the Cropper Foundation Writers’ Workshop, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival’s three (3) part Screenwriters’ Workshop with the Canadian High Commission, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival’s Producers’ Lab and Monique & Kei's writers’ retreat. They've participated in five group exhibitions; Kirschmann Gallery, New Orleans, “Between Stitches”; Alice Yard, Trinidad, “SYOS”; and Granderson Lab, Trinidad, “For so is so and also” and the Carifesta Exhibition, Trinidad National Museum. Their poetry, short stories and drawings have appeared in Pree Lit, Moko Magazine, Enby Magazine, Tamarind, Pinkwashed zine, Prismatica, and Culturego Magazine.
They were a 2010 Trinidad and Tobago film festival Ident award recipient. In their spare time they sell pelau crackers, mango chips and RumChow. They are also known as 'A Rainy Weather' the Jab Griot, a carnival character who sings House Rapso and New Wave Kaiso.