Written By: Abdulbasit Yusuff
I want to tell you a tale about:
how my guts turn strings & sing elegies
for the grave I hold in my stomach
how I’m fodder for the jokes of wanton kids
& food for the proboscis of mosquitoes
how the sun thinks of my head as a footstool
how cold snuggles in the crevices of my bone
& my heart. they say cold likes empty places
I want to tell you:
how dreams drown in the sea that
erupts in my eyes when I see a school
how my tongue unfurls into a peal of pleas
at motor parks;
how my palms are curved like a bowl,
how life has relegated me to the bottom
of pots, to scavenge
I know what neglect smells like:
my memory of home is as vague as the smell
of clean water
& water is luxury
sometimes I feel the scars on my back can tell
this tale better. they are fresher than my mouth
So as I perch on the window of your car
chanting journey mercies, say a prayer
that I journey this earth well, too. Because
my soles may have memorized the city’s roads
but my soul is learning the weight of despair.
Abdulbasit Yusuff is a lover of arts and literature who enjoys writing short stories and experimenting with poems. He earned a diploma in Science Laboratory Technology at The Federal Polytechnic, Bida. Some of his works have been published on Tuck Magazine, Kalahari Review, Echelon Review, Prachya Review and Spark of Hope: an anthology of poems for saving lives. Abdulbasit writes from Abuja, Nigeria.
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