Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Laura M. Kaminski—United States and Saddiq M. Dzukogi--Nigeria


By Laura M. Kaminski and Saddiq M. Dzukogi

a folded sheet of paper
marks the halfway place,
separation between pages
I have read and those
I haven't

twelve chapters yearning to open
as a flower finding the sun
and I am 
Persephone, I have eaten
six seeds of the pomegranate
and have been changed
by this ingestion

I won't sell any seed
for a meager sum

even if I stop reading now
and go out into the daytime
garden, inhale the sweet
scent of jasmine, I know
I am destined

to return to the underworld
with an appetite as a beast,
ravenous for further
words, reunite with my shadow self,
the other me

who never left my book 
who wasn't stripped
of conscience like a desert palm
its fronds


  1. Congratulations Laura and Saddiq on this beautiful collaboration that flows with light and fragrance like a gentle river through and through.

  2. Laura and Saddiq, congratulations on your astonishing collaboration. It flows really well and is very descriptive with images. Thank you for sharing it and continued blessings to you both!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

  3. Powerful poem showing all the thirst of the human knowledge, that needs to drink at all the fountains of the wisdoms and philosophies of our world. So insightful and provocative.

  4. Laura and Saddiq,
    A fantastic collaboration! I loved it! Welcome Saddiq to Whispers!
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

  5. Hi Both, A job very well done indeed. It has already been mentioned about the lovely imagery, seamless writing and yes provocative. Thank you for sharing your inspiration.

  6. My congrats to you collaboration poem!
    Loved to read it!

  7. I love the energy of these collaborative poems. Enjoyed the instiable theme of the writing. Congratulations on the piece. Ralph

  8. Congratulations Laura and Saddiq for this gem of collaboration with great imagery, flow and emotion. Robert

  9. Congratulations on this powerful poem. It flows with amazing energy. Love the imagery, and the way it makes me think.
    Thanks so much.

  10. Thank you all so much for reading, and for your generous, encouraging comments! Most appreciated! - Laura M Kaminski

  11. Wonderful poem Laura and Saddiq! !We have all felt that ravenous hunger for the as yet unread remaining pages! !

  12. Replies
    1. Michael! Greetings! Hope you are keeping well, my friend!

  13. A wonderful collaborative effort Laura and Saddiq....thank you for sharing!

  14. Thank you, Isha, for the following--

    Such an interesting poem, one to be highly commended, with a wide divide between intent and meanings. A beautiful use of language to express a simple desire.

    Yours sincerely
    Isha Wagner

  15. Thank you all...and Karen, thanks to Isha for such kind words! -Laura

  16. This is a very beautiful read. Thank you.