Poetry + Music


Kelsey Ogbewe
2 min readOct 26, 2022

. . . this piece is written pain
and patient love making
stained with purplish hues

. . . what’s understood ain’t gotta be explained
damn (damn)

we fake f*ckin’.
we fake safe havens.

we say fake vague
statements of love,
and they smell of dung piles
piled up on doorsteps
served with rose petals.

we settle nicely in the arms
of dark liquor puddles.

we swim away
from what’s burnin’ inside.

we hide behind
the numbness of
phone screens.

we fiends for control
who fight to feel
right at home tho . . .

© 2022 Kelsey Ogbewe. All rights reserved.

About the Writer

Kelsey Ogbewe is a poet, essayist, and artist with an affinity for creative storytelling. Based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, born to Nigerian and Haitian parents, Kelsey began writing and performing in 2012. He has been a regular Open Mic performer at Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C, a speaker for local school assemblies, and a guest artist for the Baltimore-based nonprofit Speak Life Tour. Kelsey aims to produce honest art that explores Black personhood, justice, relationships, education, and spirituality while promoting self-discovery and creative freedom. In his own words, he's a writer who "finds my voice in rap, nurtures it with jazz, and offers it as poetry." Ultimately, Kelsey hopes his poems, essays, and other creative ventures express the same sincerity Malcolm X spoke of: "I want to be remembered as someone who was sincere. Even if I made mistakes, they were made in sincerity." You can find…



Kelsey Ogbewe

Poet | Essayist | Artist “You cannot enslave a mind that knows itself, that values itself, that understands itself…” — Wangari Maathai #WEOC