Oluwatomisin Oredein

Oluwatomisin Oredein is currently a ThD student in Theology and Ethics at Duke University Divinity School. Her areas of interest include African feminist and womanist perspectives within Christian theology, ethics, and cultural studies. Her dissertation is on Ghanaian theologian, Mercy Amba Oduyoye. Oluwatomisin is also the author of the chapbook, i have stared down winters.

weeping will you

I swept the weeping willows
under my pillowcase.

there is no time for grief
or for hanging too low.

we are not allowed to
brush people on the shoulder,
tap consciousness into them –
remind them of chlorophyll-ed life.

we made shelter;
shadowed and covered the wildlife
within us.

we must be the symbol of dreams.