Shalom Kasim‘s poem: We Hate Blood And Wine

On that morning, Chapel was set for five nuptials: first, second, third, ours, and fifth.

Registries, rings, robes, and candles.

First couple, second couple, third couple, a stout flax-haired girl/lady/woman and I, then fifth couple.

First, second, third couples: quills, kisses, smiles and sighs.

Stout flax-haired girl/lady/woman and I:

                       Mme. Sly: . . .you don’t hold the pen like that! You should smile!

Why is your signature so ugly?! I attended third-grade only, yet have a fine signature! No, you can’t . . .

                       I: I am tired, I really am!

                       Vicar: O, yes, lady, do you see he is bushed? I will get that twig, demand you stoop, and whip you!


Fifth couple: Holy sire, we are not sure we want to proceed. We hate blood and wine. We hate this chapel too!


O fair ladies,

Another thing they say of life is that it is unfair

But when we think of you, we strike up balance, and that feels like death.

Tell us, can we love you here, should we love you here, the way you are?

Or until we see you fully before death?

Shalom Kasim studied at the Federal University, Wukari, Nigeria where he is presently the Editor-in-Chief of INSIGHTS, the college magazine. He has served as the Contributing Editor (Prose) at Eboquills, a foremost literary blog that publishes poetry, prose, and book reviews. In 2022, he was a Contributing Author at FU Review, (Berlin)’s Restoration issue, where his short story No Clear Skies Here was published. He has more than ten years of writing and editing creative works. Kasim is known for his short story, Hadiza. He was long-listed for the 2022 African Writers Award for his short story, Thunder Makes us Cry. Kasim is also the maiden winner of the Northeast University Students Peace Conference (NUSPCO) essay contest, 2022.

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